KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, January 23, 2019
US national team head coach has narrowed his January camp roster down to 23 players for their upcoming friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica.
The team is comprised mostly of players who will be looking to earn their first cap and other under 10 caps.
The one player that stands out among the group is veteran Michael Bradley who currently stands at 147 caps for the US. With his inclusion, the midfielder will most certainly be wearing the captain's armband during the two games.
Berhalter has decided to stick with two goalkeepers as Sean Johnson and Zack Steffen. In defense, Nick Lima, Daniel Lovitz, Mark McKenzie, Keegan Rosenberry, and Austin Trusty make up the inexperienced group.
Tagging along with Bradley in the midfield will be newbies such as Corey Baird, Russell Canouse, Jonathan Lewis, and Djordje Mihailovic.
Up top, Jeremy Ebobisse and Christian Ramirez will be looking to win their first cap, with Gyasi Zardes also being included in the team.
The selected group of players have been put through their paces at the January camp in Chula Vista, California. Now it is time to see what they can do on the field against the competition.
Berhalter said he looking forward to seeing what the players can do come their first test.
"We've had a great two weeks in Chula Vista focusing on building team culture, style of play and competing every day," Berhalter said in a statement on the US Soccer website. "The entire group has worked hard and brought an excellent mindset, and we thank them for the consistent effort thus far. We look forward to continuing to build on these ideas in Phoenix and measure our progress in the game against Panama."
The US will first take on Panama on Jan. 27 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, followed by a contest against Costa Rica on Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.
Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)
Defenders: Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)
Midfielders: Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)
Forwards: Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers, 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)