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Paxton Pomykal leaves USMNT camp with lingering injury concerns

Pomykal had surgery in late October and appears to still be recovering.

In a joint decision between U.S. Soccer and FC Dallas, midfielder Paxton Pomykal has left the ongoing United States men’s national team camp in Florida to recover from injury.

Pomykal, 20, will return to his club in Dallas to continue rehabilitation from a groin injury, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday. He will not be replaced on the USMNT roster, bringing the total player pool in Bradenton, Florida to 25 until camp ends on Jan. 25.

After being sidelined for much of the homestretch of the 2019 MLS season, Pomykal underwent surgery in late October to alleviate injuries that included an inflamed hip flexor and hamstring problems.

Pomykal has one cap with the USMNT but has developed into a promising prospect for the senior team since a breakout 2019, where he featured at the U-20 World Cup and started 20 games for FC Dallas, tallying two goals and five assists.

The USMNT’s January camp was supposed to be hosted in Qatar but was abruptly canceled and moved to Florida in less than 24 hours following President Donald Trump’s decision to order the killing of Iran general Qasem Soleimani while in Iraq. The USMNT’s first match of the year is scheduled for Feb. 1 against Concacaf rival Costa Rica in Carson, California.

Here is the updated USMNT roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 6/0), 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), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 19/0), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; 0/0), 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)

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