SAN JOSE, Calif. — United States men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter announced his 25-man roster ahead of the squad’s annual January camp, and two San Jose Earthquakes made the team. Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and midfielder Jackson Yueill will represent the Quakes as the USMNT conducts its camp in Doha, Qatar before returning stateside for a friendly against Costa Rica.
Yueill, who earned his first cap for Berhalter’s team in a pre-Gold Cup friendly against Jamaica last June, made six appearances for the national team in his debut year. The 22-year-old was a mainstay in the Earthquakes midfield and was an important player in Matias Almeyda’s team that narrowly missed the playoffs in 2019. Yueill set single-season career-highs in appearances (32), starts (29), goals (3) and assists (5), while being named to the MLS Team of the Week on three occasions.
Marcinkowski, also 22 years old, signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Quakes in 2018 and made his MLS debut late in his rookie year. He spent most of his first two seasons featuring for San Jose’s USL Championship affiliate Reno 1868 FC, where he appeared in 40 matches, recording 133 saves and 9 shutouts. The goalkeeper’s 70 saves in 2018 and 71.6% save percentage in 2019 both stand as Reno single-season club records.
Yueill and Marcinkowski, both seasoned members of the US U-23 men’s national team, join 12 other players on Berhalter’s roster who are eligible for participation in the 2020 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship in March. Marcinkowski is the current starter for the U-23s, while Yueill has seen time as a central midfielder. Should the team advance from that competition, the two Quakes could find themselves on the Team USA men’s soccer team at this summer’s 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Looking ahead to the February 1 friendly against Costa Rica that will close out the USMNT January camp, Yueill has the inside track to make the starting lineup given his familiarity with Berhalter’s system. Marcinkowski, on the other hand, has yet to make an appearance for the senior national team, and he’ll likely be behind veteran goalkeeper Bill Hamid in Berhalter’s pecking order. Both players will miss at least the first two weeks of the Earthquakes preseason training.
One surprise exclusion from the 25-man roster is Quakes defender Nick Lima, who followed up a strong showing at last year’s January camp with a Man-of-the-Match performance against Panama in his USMNT debut. Lima, who’s about to embark on his fourth season with San Jose, was a consistent call-up by Berhalter in 2019 and finished the year with nine appearances. After a turbulent season in San Jose, where he played both as a right and left back when not on the bench, the 25-year-old will start the new year with a full Earthquakes preseason camp as he works to become a consistent starter for Almeyda in 2020.
USMNT January camp roster (Club; Caps/Goals):
Goalkeepers (4): Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 6/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 0/0).
Defenders (8): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; 0/0), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 10/0), Chase Gasper (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 16/3), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 11/2).
Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Christian Cappis (Hobro/DEN; 0/0), Bryang Kayo (Unattached; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 13/2), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; 1/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 19/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 6/0).
Forwards (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 32/5), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 5/0), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg/GER; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 39/10), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 55/12).