Interim head coach Dave Sarachin has called up the 22 player USMNT squad that will face Paraguay March 27th in Cary, N.C. It’s another youthful roster as the U.S. looks to give more players experience and a chance at a more permanent position in the team. Of the 22 players, seven have never made a national team appearance. Seven players are from Major League Soccer while the remaining 15 play over seas.
The most notable exception to the roster is 19-year-old Christian Pulisic who has not played for the U.S. since October. As noted by MLS, Sarachan had this to say on the omission:
I’ve had conversations with the Sporting Director at Dortmund and several with Christian personally about the timing of this friendly and where he is professionally at the moment with his club. He’s now feeling confident in playing an important role for Dortmund at a crucial time in their season where they’re trying to lock in qualification for the Champions League. They also have a huge match against Bayern Munich on the back end of our match against Paraguay, so when I factored all of those things together, as much as we wanted him here I felt it best suits the player to continue in the rhythm and form he’s currently in with his club.
Timothy Weah, a 2017 U-20 World Cup standout, made the roster and has a chance at his first cap for the States. The Paris Saint-Germain striker made his debut for the club just over two weeks ago and has made a second appearance since. Weah had a chance to join the French National Team program but declined all invites to join the USMNT instead. He is widely regarded as one of the U.S.’s up and coming stars.
The full roster can be seen below:
Goalkeepers: Alex Bono, Toronto FC; Bill Hamid, Midtjylland; Zach Steffen, Columbus.
Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ipswich Town (on loan from Tottenham); Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest; Matt Miazga, Vitesse (on loan from Chelsea); Shaq Moore, Levante; Erik Palmer-Brown, Kortrijk (on loan from Man City); Antonee Robinson, Bolton (on loan from Everton); Jorge Villafaña, Santos Laguna; DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle United
Midfielders: Tyler Adams, NY Red Bulls; Marky Delgado, Toronto FC; Weston McKennie, Schalke; Darlington Nagbe, Atlanta United; Cristian Roldan, Seattle; Kenny Saief, Anderlecht; Wil Trapp, Columbus; Tim Weah, Paris Saint-Germain
Forwards: Andrija Novakovich, Telstar; Rubio Rubin, Club Tijuana; Bobby Wood, Hamburg