There aren’t any Major League Soccer playoff games from Nov. 12-20, but a few players from teams competing for the title might be busy anyway.
The 28-man United States men’s national team roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies was announced Tuesday by interim coach Dave Sarachan. The U.S. will face England Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. EST (ESPN2) at Wembley Stadium and then take on Italy Nov. 20 at 2:45 p.m. EST (FS1) at Luminus Arena in Belgium.
“These last two matches provide a fantastic set of challenges and experiences, so we’re excited to bring in this group of players for another huge opportunity,” Sarachan said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “We continue to build with a core group that has developed throughout the last year, while including some players who we haven’t seen in some time. Overall, this is a great way to end the ‘Kickoff Series’ and what has been a very productive 2018.”
Players in the thick of an MLS Cup race and included on the USMNT roster include Brad Guzan and Darlington Nagbe of Atlanta United F.C., Zack Steffen and Wil Trapp of Columbus Crew SC, Tyler Adams and Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls and Jorge Villafana of the Portland Timbers.
For these players, Leg 2 of the conference semifinals is Nov. 8 or Nov. 11 and Leg 1 of the conference finals (should their teams advance) is Nov. 25. If any of them play against Italy, they’d have four days of rest before the conference finals.
Here’s the full roster:
ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 59/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew; 6/0)
DEFENDERS (10): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 1/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 6/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 10/1),Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 3/0), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 6/0), Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers; 19/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 56/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 3/1)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 21/2), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; 1/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 5/0), Romain Gall (Malmö/SWE; 0/0), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 14/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 3/1), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United FC; 25/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 9/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 7/1)
FORWARDS (2): Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 5/2), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 43/13)
- The rostered players have an average age of 23 years, 241 days and 13 caps. Seventeen players are 23 years or younger, while 18 players have earned 10 caps or fewer. Nine players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
- This is the first USMNT camp for Darlington Nagbe since March. Nagbe, a 28-year-old midfielder with Atlanta United, injured his abductor during an MLS match in June and missed nearly three months of playing time. He has scored one goal in his U.S. National Team career.
- Brad Guzan (59 caps), DeAndre Yedlin (56) and Bobby Wood (43) are the senior-most players on the roster. Guzan started for the U.S. in a 1-1 draw vs. Peru on Oct. 16.
- This will be just the second time that Christian Pulisic has appeared with the USMNT in 2018. He played in a 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28 in Chester, Pennsylvania.