The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has unveiled the 24 players selected to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) in the upcoming 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals. Notably, the team is still without a permanent manager following the Berhalter-Reyna drama. In the interim, BJ Callaghan, previously an assistant coach and strategy analyst under Gregg Berhalter, will take charge.
Among the key names in the squad is Matt Turner, the second-string goalkeeper for Premier League runner-up Arsenal. Despite displaying a positive performance in the World Cup, Turner has struggled to assert himself at his club as manager Mikel Arteta consistently favors English goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale. Unfortunately, Ethan Horvath and Zack Steffen are sidelined due to injuries, thus depriving the team of their shot-stopping talents.
The inclusion of Antonee Robinson, Fulham’s dependable left-back, further strengthens the USMNT’s defensive capabilities. Robinson demonstrated consistency in the English Premier League, appearing in the Cottagers’ team sheet 35 times last season and contributing to their commendable tenth-place finish. Tim Ream, Fulham’s vice-captain, and Cameron Carter Vickers of Celtic miss out on selection due to injuries.
Returning to the national team setup is Johnny Cardoso, who has been impressing in the ongoing Brazilian Serie A. Despite his role as a defensive midfielder, Cardoso emerged as Internacional’s top scorer, netting two goals in just five matches. Moreover, his impressive stats include 12 interceptions, an 85% passing accuracy and a 75% success rate in tackles won. Cardoso’s form makes him one to watch in the upcoming matchdays.
The USMNT supporters are particularly excited to witness the debut of Folarin Balogun, who chose to represent the United States over England and Nigeria. Balogun showcased his exceptional finishing skills while on loan at French Ligue 1 club Stade Reims, amassing an impressive tally of 20 goals in 36 matches. The young triple nationality holder aims to prove his worth and stake a claim for regular playing time upon his return to Arsenal.
In the CONCACAF Nations League Finals, the USMNT will face tough opponents, starting with a highly anticipated clash against Mexico on June 15. They will then take on Jamaica on June 24 and conclude their group stage campaign against Nicaragua on July 2.
Goalkeepers: Matt Turner, Sean Johnson, Drake Callender, Josh Cohen.
Defenders: Walker Zimmerman, Antonee Robinson, Sergiño Dest, Miles Robinson, Chris Richards, Joe Scally, Auston Trusty.
Midfielders: Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Giovanni Reyna, Luca de la Torre, Johnny Cardoso, Alan Soñora.
Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah, Ricardo Pepi, Alejandro Zendejas, Taylor Booth, Brenden Aaronson, Folarin Balogun.
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