Gregg Berhalter announces MLS-exclusive roster for international friendly vs. Trinidadd & Tobago

Gregg Berhalter has chosen a 25-player roster for the US males’s nationwide team’s international friendly against Trinidad & Tobago, US Soccer introduced Sunday.

The USMNT will host the Soca Warriors Jan. 31 at 7 pm ET (FS1, UniMás, TUDN) at Exploria Stadium.

The group was chosen from an preliminary checklist of 12 senior USMNT players and 26 U-23 players who started coaching on Jan. 9 on the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The team traveled to Orlando on Sunday afternoon. LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon suffered a concussion in coaching Saturday and was scheduled to return Los Angeles Sunday.

“These last two weeks have been an absolute pleasure. The hard work and dedication demonstrated by your complete group confirms that the player pool is headed in the fitting route,” Berhalter stated in an announcement. “As we transition to Orlando, we change gears and focus on competing as we put together to face Trinidad and Tobago.”

The roster is completely comprised of MLS players who span 15 totally different teams with Orlando City SC main the way in which with 4 picks in Daryl Dike, Benji Michel, Chris Mueller and Andrés Perea, who grew to become eligible after FIFA granted his one-time request to change allegiance from Colombia to the United States earlier this month.

Sixteen players are age-eligible for the 2021 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship to be performed from March 18-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The typical age of the roster, as of Jan. 31, will probably be 23 years, 302 days with a median of 10 caps.

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (115 caps) is probably the most senior player, adopted by D.C. United’s Paul Arriola (34), Colorado Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta (24), Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Cristian Roldan (19), New York Pink Bulls heart back Aaron Lengthy (18) and LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget (17), the lone USMNT player to seem in all 4 matches in 2020.

In the meantime, all three of the squad’s goalkeepers — Matt Freese from the Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes’ JT Marcinkowski and Matt Turner from the New England Revolution — in addition to Atlanta United’s George Bello, Aaron Herrera from Real Salt Lake, Chicago Hearth FC’s Mauricio Pineda, the Orlando trio of Dike, Michel and Perea and Tanner Tessmann from FC Dallas might earn their first cap.

The match against T&T begins a busy and essential 2021 for the USMNT that features the Concacaf Nations League Last 4, the Gold Cup and the start of 2022 World Cup Qualifying.

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