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  1. The New Generation | A U.S. 'Soccer' Sim

    We are The U.S., the mighty mighty U.S.
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    After the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup it's now time for a hard restart in the United States. I tried this in FM18 in hopes the U.S. could still play in Russia and had success, however, it wasn't long after I was sacked. This time around the goal is to remain the manager from 2018 all the way through qualifying, the Gold Cup, and the Nationals League. There are plenty of promising young talent, must of which have ties to other nations, so getting some of those players to commit to the U.S. will be key. Let get on and see what happens!


  2. Top Players

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    Michael Bradley - His 140 caps is one shy of third most in USMNT history. The New Jersey native also has 46 caps as U.S. captain which is second in his nations history. At 30-years old, the Toronto FC man's best years are behind him, but until he proves he doesn't have it anymore, he will remain the focal point in the midfield and the leader on the pitch. Bradley's role with the team is very much a question mark as we look to bring in some younger talent as we'll have over a year to prep for the next meaningful match. Can anyone prove themselves worthy of taking his place until then?

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    Christian Pulisic - The 19-year old already has 21 caps and 9 goals to his name in a U.S. shirt. Breaking into the first team with Borussia Dortmund, the winger could threaten Bradley as our nations top player very soon and could become the best American footballer of all time. With his excellent acceleration, first touch, and dribbling ability, the teenager could slot in as the number 10 role as well. Let's hope the wonderkid can continue his success in Germany and grow with the national team as well.

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    John Brooks - Born in Berlin, Brooks ultimately choose to represent the U.S. and received his first cap at 20-years old. Brooks earned himself a call-up to the U.S. 2014 World Cup roster. After a Matt Besler injury, Brooks came on as a sub in the group stage opener of that tournament and scored a 86' winner for his nation. The big defender not only has great physical stats, but has excellent composer, and solid with the ball at his feet. He will be a major piece for the U.S. at the back.

  3. Top Youngster (Under 20)

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    Weston McKennie - Age 19 - Midfielder

    The Schalke midfielder looks to be the front runner to take over for Michael Bradley in the middle of the pitch. He left the U.S for Germany at 18 and made his Bundesliga debut that season. The follow season he broke into the first team and he hasn't looked back. He only has 4 caps for the U.S., but the ball winning midfielder will slot into the starting 11 once we get going. He has great physical stats, tackling ability, teamwork, and work rate as well. By the time 2022 rolls around he very well could be the most important player on the pitch.

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    Cameron Carter-Vickers - Age 20 - Center Back
    The Southend native choose to represent his father's home nation over his native England earning his first cap for the U.S. in November 2017. After joining the Spurs academy at 10-years old, Carter-Vickers will spend his second consecutive season on loan in the Championship. If he can get consistent minutes in the English second division, he should continue to get the call for the U.S.

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    Tyler Adams - Age 18 - Right Back/Midfielder
    The only player in this group playing in the U.S., Adams is an important player for the NY Red Bulls at just 18-years old. A native of New York, the defensive minded player has worked his way up from the Red Bulls youth ranks all the way up to the first team. His
    versatility allows him to play at right back and in the middle of the pitch. Set to join RB Leipzig in January in real life, Adams contract is set to expire in 12 months in the game and could force a move to Europe virtually as well.


  4. January 2018 Update

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    The U.S. lose one of it's top youngsters as Fulham winger, Luca de la Torre, chooses to represent his father's home nation, Spain. The California native left the United States for London in 2013 where he's been moving up from the youth ranks all the way to the first team where he's made five appearances with the first team in the Championship. Now he'll compete with Isco and Marco Asensio amongst others for a spot on the Spanish National Team.


  5. February 2018 Update

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    The injury bug bites Aron Johannsson yet again, this time through a hip problem set to sideline the striker for four months. The Alabama born number nine has dealt with numerous lower body injuries thought out his career which has deflated his international career. Born in the U.S. to Icelandic parents, Johannsson spent most of his life in his parent home county. Coming through the youth ranks of Fjolnir, based in the capital of Iceland, it didn't take long for scouts to spot the forward as he made the switch to play in continental Europe in 2010. After two and a half seasons in Denmark, Johannsson moved to AZ Alkmaar where he scored 38 goals in 84 appearances before moving to Bremen in the Bundesliga. He only managed six league appearances in his first season because of a hip injury, but did bag two goals. After 11 months out, Johannsson made nine appearance his second season and twelve last term.

    His international career has been sporadic because of his long injury history. He debuted in 2013 scoring his first U.S. goal against Panama in a World Cup Qualifier. He was also apart of the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Gold Cup rosters before injury problems hurt his international career. He missed the latter part of 2015 and most of 2016 before making the bench in the November 2016 friendlies. With the lack of ability to stay healthy he has not had a look in with the national team since then, but with a new manager that could change. There is no doubt he is a top striker for his nation, but if he's not playing at the club level it's hard to see him get called in again.


  6. Really loving this ! Huge mls fan so I know a lot about these players. check out Auston Trusty (Philly) Mark Mckenzie also Philly. Both look like future ! US players.
    Possibly Reggie Cannon.

  7. March 2018 Friendly

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    DISCLAIMER: When I started this sim I wasn't paying close enough attention to the start date which is why I choose January 2018. Even though I'm starting in Jan. 2018 the game already lists France as the 2018 World Cup winner and the stats from the the domestic leagues which run from Aug.-May are already completed and the winners and stats are up to date even though the sim hasn't reached that point. The leagues that do start in Feb/March and run through one calendar year (i.e. MLS, Liga MX, and Scandinavian leagues) do begin their 2018 seasons shortly, however. The reason why I'm mentioning this is because this friendly was already scheduled in the sim before I started and I cannot schedule another friendly until November. Just an FYI. I'm not giving the boys seven months off! I promise.

    ...

    I'm still not sure on which 23 players I want to call in for this friendly. I'd love to get off to a winning start knowing I'm not going to get another crack at it until November. However, with only meaningless football scheduled for more than 12 months, I think it's more important to get some of the fringe players a real look in. As far as which formation I'll run? Right now I'm thinking 4-3-3. Really that formation picks itself once you look at the player pool. We don't have the depth at the back to run with three center backs and lack any talent in the number 10 role. We do have plenty of talent on the wings including Christian Pulisic, so running anything without three upfront just doesn't make sense.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by LemonyFresh View Post
    Really loving this ! Huge mls fan so I know a lot about these players. check out Auston Trusty (Philly) Mark Mckenzie also Philly. Both look like future ! US players.
    Possibly Reggie Cannon.
    Thank you for your interest and player suggestions! I am a massive USMNT fan and created a pretty long list of youngster I'd love to give a chance with the national team. The first being Efrain Alverez before he chooses to represent Mexico. He will be monitored very closely. Once he breaks into the first team with the LA Galaxy I'll probably give him a call. Trusty looks to be the better prospect between the two Philly CB's (IMO). However, whichever one can break into the Union's first team and get consistent minutes will be the favorite to get his first cap. I'll be interest to see if either, if not both, are selected to the U20 team which plays a friendly in March as well.

  9. March 2018 Roster Announcement

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    March 13, 2018

    Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent headline the U.S. roster for their friendly against 28th ranked Romania. The roster lists 14 players under the age of 23 including the 19-year old Dortmund winger Pulisic and Bremen striker Sargent who just celebrated his 18th birthday three weeks ago.

    The roster doesn't hold any real surprises. Defenders Tim Parker and Reggie Cannon are the only two players still looking for their first cap with the senior national team. Cannon has been a top prospect for many years and has only made one appearance with FC Dallas's senior team, however, he will get his chance this season as he's on the senior team roster. Two other players with minimal or zero senior team experience at club level are Timothy Weah and Josh Sargent. Weah left the NY Red Bulls academy at 14 for French giants PSG in 2014. Since joining the Paris-based side Weah has made three appearance all coming last Ligue 1 season. Sargent, on the other hand, is yet to made a senior team appearance (He joined Bremen in July 2018 in real life (the future in the game) so he hasn't had a chance yet).


  10. March 2018 Friendly Result

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    One match one win for tbuc as the USMNT manager. The friendly was pretty balanced throughout, we were just more clinical in front of goal. As the stats show, the home side dominated possession, but didn't do much with it. Romania were very wasteful in the first half, as they had the best two chances to start the match, but were unable to capitalize. The first came from a corner kick to the far post which was headed wide. Their second opportunity came off a poor clearance from DeAndre Yedlin, who headed the ball right to Alexandru Maxim on the right wing. The Mainz attacker cut inside and had a hit from 18 yards out, but it sailed wide. The away side was able to break the deadlock right before the halftime whistle via a blinder from Hibs midfielder, Emerson Hyndman. It started with a long run from Christian Pulisic, who's eventual shot was blocked by a center back and the rebound kicked out perfectly for Hyndman to had a hit from about 20 yards out which found the top right corner. The second half didn't offer much for the natural. Yedlin did make a goal line clearance and the bar bailed out Steffen as well, but that was it from Romania. For the U.S., they were able to find the back of the net one more time in the second 45. It was the 18-year old Sargent capping off his fourth international appearance with his second goal. All the credit must go to Pulisic, however. The left back, Robinson, playing a lovely little looping ball over the defense, which the Dortmund winger brought down with his chest, played the ball into the box with his left, and Sargent tapped it in from just a few yards out. Great way to start my tenure!!

  11. March 2018 Update

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    March brought us our first U.S. match since tbuc took over as manager, and he started his career with a win and clean sheet away to Romania. As we saw 14 players under the age of 23 named to the roster, it was 21-year old Emerson Hyndman who opened up his U.S. goal scoring account with a first half brace from roughly 20 yards out. The Dallas, Texas native left for Europe at the age of 15 to join Fulham in 2011 where he stayed until his contract ran out in 2016. During his time with the London based club he logged 25 appearance in the Championship. Bournemouth snapped up the midfielder on a free in June 2016, however, Hyndman is yet to break into the first team. He made two league cup and one FA Cup appearances before leaving for Rangers on loan in January. The following season he stayed at his parent club only to made one appearance in the league. This proves to be an important year for the youngster. Bournemouth has elected to sent Hyndman out on loan to Scotland again this season, this time to Hibs.

    Another youngster making the news is Reggie Cannon. His substitute appearance against Romania was his first cap in a U.S. shirt. The 19-year old send one year in college at UCLA before signing a home grown contact with FC Dallas in December 2016. Last year Cannon made two league cup starts and one cameo appearance off the bench in the MLS. He's starting 2018 on FC Dallas's senior team roster and he should get his chance at some point this season.


  12. April 2018 Update

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    There must have been something in the air this month as we saw a handful of American's announce their national team allegiance elsewhere. Two next gene players currently playing in the U.S. lower leagues declared their desires to represent Italy and two goalkeepers, both apart of the U20 team who played in March, choose to represent Brazil. One of those is 16-year old Nicolas 'Nico' Hansen. The Florida-born shot stopper, currently playing in the Everton youth ranks, is the biggest hit. At just 16 years of age, he was the starter in the U20 match against Chile and one of our top prospect at his position. A position were we don't have a lot of top quality prospects. I will not be giving up on him as we will remain in constant contact (I will be clicking the "Ask to Represent Nation" tab fairly frequently going forward). It will be interesting to see where his future really lies.


  13. Also Keaton Parks from Benfica ! but Weston Mckenzie is a true baller ! great generation coming through. Yes Alvarez would be awesome to get. I know in real life the two philly cbs seen a lot of action. I had the pleasure to watch them live. great players.

    George Bello ATL LB -
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    Gianluca Busio - Sporting KC
    Jonathan Amon looks like he could devolop nicely. plays for Nordsjaellnad
    Juan Pablo Torres plays for Lokren in Belgium
    jordan siebatcheu great striker plays for club rennes could replace Altidore-Woods
    Antonee Robinson from Wigan looks a great player as well.

    excited to see how they develop in your save and if they make it.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by LemonyFresh View Post
    Also Keaton Parks from Benfica ! but Weston Mckenzie is a true baller ! great generation coming through. Yes Alvarez would be awesome to get. I know in real life the two philly cbs seen a lot of action. I had the pleasure to watch them live. great players.

    George Bello ATL LB -
    Jaylyn Lindsay -Sporting KC
    Gianluca Busio - Sporting KC
    Jonathan Amon looks like he could devolop nicely. plays for Nordsjaellnad
    Juan Pablo Torres plays for Lokren in Belgium
    jordan siebatcheu great striker plays for club rennes could replace Altidore-Woods
    Antonee Robinson from Wigan looks a great player as well.

    excited to see how they develop in your save and if they make it.
    I saw Trusty live this year too! I don't follow the MLS, but live in the suburbs of DC, so I had to check out the new Audi Field this season. It was a lot of fun. I've always been a big fan of Paul Arriola who plays for DC United.... Thanks again for the names. Bello, Lindsay, Busio, and Torres actually all started for U20 game last month. I'm excited to give Amon a chance. He was injured for the friendly in March. I totally forgot about Siebatheu. I just looked him up and he's not in this save. I didn't choose France as a played about league, so I'm thinking that's why.

  15. May 2018 Update

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    Our first friendly for the month of September has been schedule. In three months the U.S. will welcome Mohamed Salah and Egypt to Columbus, Ohio for tbuc's first match in charge on home soil. The Pharaohs are currently ranked 64th in the world by FIFA.

  16. June 2018 Update

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    June proved to be a slow month as far as U.S. national team news. Across the pond we did see the transfer window open and some big moves were made early. To name a few, we saw Paulo Dybala head to Man City, Chelsea's surprise sale of N'Golo Kante to rivals Man United, and Lorenzo Insigne joining Dybala in the blue half of Manchester as well. Some news that probably didn't even made the back pages is USMNT top prospect Gianluca Busio agreeing to join Liverpool in June 2020 when he turns 18. The central midfielder made his MLS debut this season at the ripe age of 15-years old becoming to second youngster player ever to play in the MLS behind fellow American, Freddy Adu. Busio has represented the U.S. at the U15-U17 levels and started in the latest U.S. U20 match. Although he was born in North Carolina, Busio's father is from Italy and is eligible to play for Gli Azzurri if he so chooses.

  17. July 2018 Update

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    Two more friendlies have been announced and we have some good ones. Not sure why my assistant thought it would be a good idea to schedule a game in America and then a week later another in Europe, but it's hard to turn down a chance to play a match in Wembley. In October we'll welcome both Argentina and their neighbor's, Bolivia, to the United States. The match against Argentina will take place at Toyota Park, the home of MLS side, Chicago Fire. Six days later the match against Bolivia will take place at EverBank Field, the home of NFL team, Jacksonville Jaguars.

    DeAndre Yedlin will remain a question mark until the roster is announced for the September matches as he is currently recovering from a torn thigh muscle. The injury will keep him out for another 4-6 weeks.


  18. September 2018 Roster Announcement

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    The roster for the September friendlies has been decided on by tbuc and we see the former Aston Villa veteran shot stopper Brad Guzan back in the picture. At 33-years old it's hard to imagine he'll made the 2022 World Cup roster. However, with both Zack Steffen and Bill Hamid struggling with injuries and a tough English side around the corner it makes sense. Also back in the picture between the sticks is Toronto FC keeper, Alex Bono. The 24-year old does have one cap for the U.S. which came in early 2018.

    A man left off which could draw some attention is DeAndre Yedlin. He injured himself in a preseason friendly with Newcastle and has just returned to light training. The U.S. are light at the right back position, so in steps another veteran, Hull City's Eric Lichaj. Lichaj brings plenty of experience with his 15 caps. To add to that, the full back played two seasons in the Premier League with Aston Villa followed by five years in the Championship with Nottingham Forest before making the move to Hull this year. Reggie Cannon is back and adds 15 appearance in the MLS this season since his appearance with the US in March.

    The center backs remain the same and the midfield sees one chance. Out goes Cristian Roldan, who is have a very good season thus far, and in steps DC United center mid, Russell Canouse. The 23-year old is looking to reestablish his career after spending the last five and a half years in Germany. Canouse left the NY Red Bulls academy at 16 to play for Hoffenheim's U17 team. After slowly working his way up the youth ranks, the Pennsylvania native made one appearance in the Bundesliga before being loaned out to the second division in German last year. After 20 appearance there, Hoffenheim elected to sell him to DC United were he's been a starter ever since.

    In the attacking third of the pitch we see all the same names plus one. Canouse's club teammate Paul Arriola makes the team as a winger. In March we saw Timothy Weah on the right wing, but this time around he's listed as a striker. After making three appearance in Ligue 1 last year, Weah has been with the PSG Reserves so far this year.


  19. August 2018 Update

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    The U.S. are preparing for two more friendlies which are just a few days away. This will be the first real test for tbuc as his side are set to face two teams who took part in the 2018 World Cup. England will have a strong squad at their disposal as they will battle Croatia in a Nations League tie just a few days before. Pictured above we see Christian Pulisic and Kellyn Acosta (hopefully carrying Chris Wondolowski's body to barry somewhere far away), who are just two of the young American looking to make an impact for the U.S. going forward.


  20. September 2018 Roster Update

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    The U.S. national team were dealt a major blow as they learned Dortmund winger, Christian Pulisic will be out for a month with a torn calf muscle. At just 19, Pulisic is the most talented player on the U.S. team and was going to be key for the next two matches. Instead the U.S. call in left winger, Jonathan Amon from their U20 squad. Amon left the U.S. at 15 and trained with Danish side FC Nordsjaelland until he could officially sign on with the club when he turned 18. Last season, the year he turned 18, Amon logged six appearances for the club totaling one goal and two assists. This year Amon is a starter for his club team and bagged a goal in a Europa League qualifier against Kosovan side, FC Prishtina.

  21. September 5, 2018 Friendly

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    tbuc's first match on home soil was spoiled by a first half red card which forced the U.S. to sit back and defend for just over 45 minutes. Egypt did have the first real chance of the first half when a far post cross found Ramadan Sobhi at the back post, but his header was direct right into Horvath's hands. After that the U.S. controlled the majority of the first half. After dominating position the U.S. broke the deadlock on a corner. Tyler Adams ball in was headed to Saief at the top of the box. The Anderlecht winger took one touch and blasted it through traffic and into the net. The home side had their chances to add to the lead, but credit must be given to Hanafy in goal who come up with some quality save, most notably on Arriola, who's near post effort was just tip wide by the keeper. Just moments before the break Tyler Adams was handed his second yellow and from there the game turned around. It came off a U.S. corner that was cleared and then a long ball was played to Salah on the left flank right next to the fourth official. A quick first touch by Salah looked to have him on his way into plenty of space, however, Adams came in a second late with a tackle and the ref had no choice but to send off the Red Bulls right back.

    The U.S. chanced from a 4-3-3 to a 3-4-2 in the second half and did muster three shots on frame, but none were worth a highlight according to FM. All the clips were from Egypt on the attack. We did sit back and hopped we could spring something on the counter, but the away team were just too good. The Pharaohs found their equalizer off a set piece via the towering center back Ahmed Hegazi. Surprisingly it came from his right foot instead of his head. It started from a free kick just outside the top right corner of the box where Salah found the West Brom defender at the near post who directed it past Horvath. It was poor marking by the U.S. Egypt eventually found the winner through Sobhi, who missed a golden chance in the first two minutes of the match. This time a cross to the far post to the Huddersfield winger was knocked in past the hopeless keeper. Again it was poor marking by the U.S. defense.
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  22. 2018 Schedule Update

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    The last two friendlies of 2018 have been schedule as we see two more South American nations added to the fixture list. The U.S. will start the month of November in the Uruguayan capital city of Montevideo. This will be the sixth match between the two sides, first since 2002, and the second in Uruguay. Six days later we head back to the states and back to Toyota Field which will host the match against Argentina as well. The U.S. have also played Venezuela five time, three of which the American's have won and the other two ended in draws.
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  23. September 11, 2018 Friendly

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    Friendly or not, a match at Wembley for any away side always bring out the best in their players. With that, we had an absolute cracker on our hands. In the first 45 England were on the board first with a perfectly executed counter attack. Harry Kane picked up the ball on the left standing right on the midfield line. He gathered the ball and was on his way. After slipping passed a sliding Reggie Cannon, Kane cut in and played a perfectly weighted cross to Raheem Sterling for an easy tap in. The U.S. fought back and scored their first when Michael Bradley squared a ball to Weston McKennie at the top of the box who bent one past Pickford and we were level again. A corner kick to the back post saw Sargent's header put the U.S. into the lead. That advantage didn't last long as Ross Barley picked McKinnie's pocket and a long ball down the left played Danny Welbeck through. His run drew Matt Miagza out of position and a cross to Kane at the top of the box left Kane one-on-one with the keeper. The Spurs striker settled himself and rolled the ball into the bottom left corner. Game on.

    The second half started a little stale, but it didn't take too long for England to take control of the match. However, it was the U.S. to take the lead once again against the run of play. Tyler Adams, who picked up a red in the last U.S. match, played a beautiful ball over the top between the two center backs to Bobby Wood who had a shot with his first touch. Pickford came up with the save, but the the ball defected off Dier and right back to Wood who tapped in the U.S.'s third goal. After that England were on the front foot once again and finally scored their much deserved equalizer from a cross to Dele Alli who out jumped Reggie Cannon from about six yards out. All in all a draw to England is a positive result as far as I'm concerned.
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  24. September 2018 Update

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    There wasn't much going on this month outside of the two friendlies the U.S. played. The 2018 schedule was completed, however. We'll see the Americans face Argentina and Bolivia in October and then Uruguay and Venezuela in November. The first match in each of those international breaks should be a real test for this squad.

    Reflecting on the month, the U.S. did face Egypt and England which ended in a defeat and a draw. Looking at the positives, the American's were the much better team in the first half against Egypt before they were reduced to 10 men in first half stoppage time. It wasn't until the second half when the away side took control of that match. Against England, a draw at Wembley has to be looked at as a positive as the Three Lions just reached the Semi-Finals of the 2018 World Cup.

    On an individual level the national team is looking to take shape as we've now seem them play three matches under tbuc. A handful of youngsters have gotten looks with the senior team. 18-year old striker Josh Sargent has started in two games and made one substitute appearance scoring two goals. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Antonee Robinson have both started two matches. One player who has really stood out is midfielder Weston McKennie. At just 20-years of age, the Schalke man established himself as a regular in the Bundesliga last season. That experience has helped him in a signifiant way as he's been one of the best players in a U.S. shirt in each match.

  25. October 2018 Roster Announcement

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    Matt Besler is back in the picture for the U.S. for this round of friendlies. The Sporting KC legend has been a starter for his home town club for the last ten seasons. The center back is also well established in the U.S. setup as well, as he was apart of the 2013 and 2017 Gold Cup, the 2014 World Cup squads. With the MLS season coming to a close, Belser has been one of the best players at his position this year. "Not only is he a leader at the back, but his composure and ability on the ball will be vital against a team with Argentina's ability," said tbuc.

    Looking over the 23 man squad we see a few names missing that may raise some eyebrows. Most noticeably are Christian Pulisic, DeAndre Yedlin and veteran captain Michael Bradley. Pulisic reaggrivated his calf injury he picked up in training with the U.S. last month and is still out. Yedlin, who has only made one appearance for the U.S. this year, was left out as he is not match fit. So far this season he has only made one start for Newcastle which came in the League Cup. Finally, Bradley has had a very strong MLS season, but was drop from the U.S. roster. The side has five central midfielders with McKennie, Hyndman, and Acosta returning from last month. Cristian Rolden and Danny Williams are introduced into the squad in place of Bradley and Russell Canouse this time around. Rolden has been one of the best players in the MLS this season as his 11 assists from his deep lying playmaker role leads the league. Williams gets another chance for the U.S. The German born American made one appearance in 2017 and is looking for his first this year. This season he's established himself as a starter for Huddersfield and is off to a strong start this Premier League season. "The midfield is hands down our deepest position, so you will see a lot of rotation there until we get closer to Nations League and Gold Cup next year," explained tbuc.


  26. October 10, 2018 Friendly

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    Looking at the numbers Argentina dominated the match and with a lack of highlights, I'll assume that's how this one went. We held the away side to just one shot on target in the first half, which was scored with a bit of luck. If started with a corner kick from Messi. The ball in hit off John Brooks and fell to Higuain who had a sliding shot that hit off out right back, Eric Lichaj, and right off Higuain's knee and into the goal. I have to chalk that up to bad luck for us. Most of Argentina's attacks came from wide areas, but Brooks was commanding in the box and won his share of headers in the box. At the end of the match we started to push forward in hopes for a late equaliser, but were beat on the counter instead. A perfectly placed through ball by the Sevilla right back, Gabriel Mercado, split our two center backs and Higuain was through on goal to bag his second of the match. This match was one to forget as we have one more friendly this month to bounce back before we head to November.

  27. October 16, 2018 Friendly

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    After a tough match against
    Argentina, the U.S. bounce back with a much needed win for their confidence. The Americans came out on the front foot in this one. Their first big chance came in the opening ten minutes through a cross to the back post from Philadelphia Union right back, Keegan Rosenberry. His ball in found an unmarked Kenny Saief who's header came off the crossbar. It didn't take long for the home side to take the lead. A cross from Wigan's Antonee Robinson was headed right to McKennie who chested it down and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner from 12 yards out. McKennie doubled his tally just 11 minutes later. Cristian Roldan found the Schalke midfielder standing at the top of the box, and with Bolivia failing to close him down, he banged in his second. McKennie will be disappointed with himself as he had a chance for a first half hat trick. Again Roldan found McKennie, this time just inside the opponents box. With a quick turn and shot his attempt could only find the cross bar. The match went stale in the second 45 as both teams didn't offer much in the final third. To Bolivia's credit they did come close to getting one back in the 81st minute, but a well hit bender from striker, Bruno Miranda, hit the post.

    One American who stood out on the pitch today was Keegan Rosenberry. The 24-year old right back has flown under the radar for the U.S. as he's stuck behind DeAndre Yedlin as well as some young and up-and-comers on the depth chart, but he was given his chance today and he was clearly one of the best players on the pitch. He was strong in defense and very dangerous in the final third playing in a few crosses just begging to he knocked in. Yedlin has been the first choice right back for a few years now, but with no clear back up Rosenberry showed he should be considered for that role. We've seen two teenagers given a chance in Tyler Adams and Reggie Cannon, but I think it's clear Rosenberry seems to be the most established. All three play in the MLS and with 30 games played in the league it's Rosenberry who is on the shortlist for the 2018 Defender of the Year.

  28. October 2018 Update

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    He may look depressed in the picture, but I'm sure Keegan Rosenberry is buzzing right now after earning his first U.S. cap against Bolivia this month. Over the last few years DeAndre Yedlin has established himself as the top right back in the U.S. player pool, but no one has really stood out to compete with the Newcastle defender. Timmy Chandler was given a chance, but could not duplicate his Bundesliga form in a U.S. shirt. Eric Lichaj is another who has had a handful of caps, however he's a natural left back and at 29-years old, he very well could be retired by the time the next World Cup rolls around. In comes the next generation. We've seen Reggie Cannon handed a couple caps and played well as well as Tyler Adams. Adams, who is a natural right back, has moved to central midfield, which could hurt his stock. With the midfield being a position of depth for the national team, Adams best chance may ultimately be at the back. The New York native may have the most upside of the group as he's draw interest from European clubs, most notably Arsenal had 'minor interest' in the 19-year old. Rosenberry, who was the third overall pick in the 2016 MLS draft, had the best season of any player at the position as he made the five man short list for the 2018 MLS Defender of the Year. That award will be handed out in November. 2019 will be an interesting year being that at some point tbuc will have to choose one to be apart of the team at the Gold Cup and during the Nations League matches.



  29. November 2018 Roster Announcement

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    The roster for the final two friendlies of 2018 have been announced and we see the return of DeAndre Yedlin. The right back played for the U.S. in March, but missed two months through injury and has been out of form at Newcastle since his return. This only two appearance thus far this Premier League season has come in the league cup.

    The roster really picked itself this time around because of injuries and the MLS playoffs going on. In net we see the same three keepers return. That means no Brad Guzan. However, his Atlanta United are in the playoffs, so his absence makes sense. At the back we see the return of Tim Parker who was dropped last month in favor of Matt Besler. Parker has been a regular call up since tbuc took over, but is yet to record his first U.S. cap. At the fullback position Reggie Cannon joins Yedlin, Antonie Robinson, and Eric Lichaj. Cannon gets the call over Rosenberry and Adams, however, both of those players are in the middle of a playoff battle. In the middle of the pitch we see veterans Michael Bradley and Danny Williams. tbuc did explain that he wanted to see them both together against a top quality opponent as the Gold Cup is right around the corner. Expect them to start together against Uruguay. On the flanks the U.S. are without Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson, Kenny Saief, and Paul Arriola who are all out injured. Both Darlington Nagbe and Timothy Weah return. Jonathan Amon gets his second call up. Like Parker, Amon is looking for his first cap. Sebastian Lletget get his first call up since March 2017. Upfront regulars Bobby Wood and Josh Sargent return. It's Jozy Altidore who gets introduced back into the squad ahead of inform Aron Johannsson. This is the first time Altidore will put on the U.S. shirt since the U.S. were eliminated from qualification for the 2018 World Cup.


  30. November 14, 2018 Friendlies

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    Uruguay were a class apart and were deserving of their win today. They dominated in the attack, exploiting the flanks as both Yedlin and Robinson had a night to forget. Credit to of center backs who did an excellent job putting off world class striker Edson Cavani. The PSG forward had eight shots in the match, only one really tested Horvath in net. Our attack was poor in this one. Weah did a good job creating space and putting in some threatening crosses, but did loss possession a few times too many. Looking at the positives our midfield did play well considering the strength in the home sides squad. Bobby Wood did hit the bar once, however, he didn't offer much and Altidore had our only shot on target, but it was a harmless header.

  31. November 20, 2018 Friendly

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    A disappointing result to say the least as Venezuela were allowed to come back from two goals down and get a draw from the match. The U.S. were the better team in the first half and went into halftime 2-0 up. The first came in what seemed like typical U.S. fashion, a shot from the top of the box. It's start with a Josh Sargent ball to Antonee Robinson making a run down the left flank. His cross was head out and right to Hibs midfielder, Emerson Hyndman. He took two touch to get back an out rushing defender and slotted it into the bottom right corner. The Americans got their second right before the half through a beautiful free kick from Kellyn Acosta leaving the keeper no chance.

    The second half was a different story. The away side came out on the front foot and pulled one back after the U.S. defense failed to close down Josef Martinez. The Atlanta United striker picked up the ball just into the the opponents half of the pitch. He used his pace to slip past Hyndman and after running past Carter-Vickers with ease, Martinez hit a bender from just inside 25 yards out around an onrushing Matt Miazga and into the net. We restored the two goal advantage less than a minute later. A long ball from Acosta found Darlington Nagbe down the right who took it in stride and put in a far post cross right to an unmarked Sebastian Lletget who blasted it home with his first touch. After that it was down hill for the home side. In less than 10 minutes Venezuela leveled the scoring and that was it. The first came from a cross to Yeferson Soteldo who headed it in as Reggie Cannon was caught ball watching. And, finally, the six goal of the match came from the Malaga midfield, Jaunip, who beat Horvath at his near post. This match was one to forget.


  32. CONCACAF U20 Championship

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    The U.S. U20 squad cruised past their opponents in the 2018 CONCACAF U20 Championship going seven games unbeaten scoring 37 goals in the process. 18-year old Scott Smith (Re-gen player) scored an incredible 17 goals in those seven matches. Eight of the top 10 rated players at the tournament were also American. That listed included 16-year old left back George Bello who made five appearances in the USL this season from Atlanta United II.

  33. November 2018 Update

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    The month of November was a bit of a disappointment for the senior national team. The match against Uruguay was always going to be a tough one, but a 3-3 draw to Venezuela, after giving up a two goal lead, did sit well with many U.S. fans. On a positive note, the U20 team won the CONCACAF U20 Championship, which could be an encouraging sign for the future. Looking at the senior team, one standout player was Emerson Hyndman. The U.S. has a ton of depth in the central midfield position, but lack any talent in the attacking, number ten, role. With that, the U.S. have lined up with three center mids. The Texas native, Hyndman, is starting to separate himself from the pack of those more suited for the more advanced role of the three in the middle. Currently on loan to at Hibernian in Scotland, he has established himself in the first 11 making 11 starts in the process. His loan does end in January and it will be interesting to see if the American can play himself into the first team at Premier League side Bournemouth.

    Two players did make their senior team debut this month, both against Venezuela. Wigner Jonathan Amon was one of those players, but struggled in the process completing just six of his 11 passes and zero of his crosses. Tim Parker’s fortunes were different. The New York Red Bulls center back won all of his headers and made three key interceptions in his 62 minutes of action.





  34. December 2018 Update

    The last month of the year doesn't offer us any friendlies or even domestic match in the U.S. With that said they were a handful of award given out which is always fun to look at. First off congratulations to Kylian Mbappe for winning the World Player of the Year. His 19 goals in 15 league match for PSG was good enough to edge out Ronaldo who's tallied 7 goals in 10 matchs for Juentus in Serie A. Now let's take a look at what's gone on the other side of the Atlantic...

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    Keegan Rosenberry was named the top defender in the MLS for the 2018 season. It was a big year for him to say the least as he also made his U.S. senior team debut and played extremely well in his one cap. If you're a fan of defense the Union were a team you would've loved to watch, as their back four are filled with exciting top U.S. prospects. Outside of Rosenberry, 20-year old Auston Trusty made 31 starts and played well enough to earn a pre-contract with German giants Borussia Dortmund. That transfer will go through once the January transfer window opens in Germany. Rookie center back Mark McKenzie was given his chance this season making 7 starts for Philadelphia and 3 for the U.S. U20 team. Another rookie who broke into the first team in Philly this year was left back Matthew Real. He's been a prospect for the U.S. for several years and, with the left back pool being a weakness, Real could get his chance soon.

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    Who doesn't love hyping up youth talent? The MLS assist leader, Cristian Roldan was named this years top youngster in the U.S. ranks. This was his fourth season in the MLS and there's no doubt he was one of the best in the league this year. Hyndman, who finished second, established himself with the national team this year scoring two goals in five appearances. Gianluca Busio is a very interesting prospect. He's only 16 years old, but still managed 13 MLS appearances and has already signed a pre-contract with Liverpool. He will have to wait until he turns 18 before he can go abroad. What makes him so interesting is that, with an Italian father, he can play internationally for Italy if he so chooses. Since he has that option we could see the attacking playmarker get called into the U.S. senior team very soon with the Gold Cup starting in April.



  35. 2018 Fixture Results

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    Not a great year results wise. We started positive with a 2-0 win away in Romania, but we only managed one win in the next six. You could put an asterisks next to the Egypt result as we were the better team before Tyler Adams was sent off with a red card. Wembley offered up to most exciting match without a doubt. Raheem Sterling put the home side up early, but we answered with two goals of our own before Harry Kane leveled the scoring right before the half. Bobby Wood looked to have scored the winner in the 81st minute, but Kane's club teammate Dele Alli made it 3-3 in added time. We played our last four against South American opponents and beat Bolivia and should've done the same against Venezuela, but blew a two game lead in ten minutes.

  36. January Transfer News

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    There are some pretty exciting links between established U.S. players and major European clubs. This list also doesn't include Auston Trusty who has just signed on to become teammates with Cristian Pulisic at Dortmund. But, those two many not play together for long, with Bayern Munich looking to bring the winger to the Allianz Arena. Another American playing in Germany who could be on the move is Aron Johannsson. Serie A side Fiorentina have placed a $1.1M bid plus incentives for the striker. Injuries have always been a worry for the number nine, but if he can stay health, he has the talent to make a major impact on the pitch for both club and country. Seeing Tim Ream linked with a move away from Fulham is good news if you're a U.S. fan. He is top option at the back for the U.S., but has been stuck on the bench for the west London club so far this season. If he can find his way back onto the pitch, it should only be a matter of time before he'll be back in a U.S. shirt.

  37. January 2019 Update

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    There were some American's on the move abroad this January and that includes one of the top youth prospects, Auston Trusty leaving Philadelphia for the Bundesliga. He'll have to prove himself with the second team first. U.S. standout, Emerson Hyndman concluded his successful six month loan with Hibs in Scotland and heads back to the Premier League. DeAndre Yedlin who failed to break into the first team this season at Newcastle United is now in France joining former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll believe it or not. Let's hope he can break into the first team there as he's been out of form and that showed in his two U.S. starts in November.


  38. February 2019 Update

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    tbuc has made it clear that his preferred formation is a 4-2-3-1, however, the U.S. just don't have the players utilize it. As most 'die-hard' USMNT fans may already know, it will only be a matter of time before tbuc can switch from the 4-3-3 he's currently using to the formation he enjoys using the most. For those who are a casual fan searching the internet for who the top U.S. youngsters are, chances are you'll come across a list filled with attacking midfielders, which is position that is very weak currently at the senior level. So, who are those teenagers looking to cracking into the senior team? There are probably five guys who have the potential to shine at that position. One name you'll recognize is Gianluca Busio. Last year, at just 15-years old, the Sporting KC man made his MLS debut and not only played enough to earn himself seven league starts and six substitute appearance, but signed a pre-contract with Liverpool two years before he is eligible to play for the club. Busio was not overmatch last season playing against guys ten plus years older than him. He became the second youngest goal scorer in MLS history, added four assists and was good enough for a 7.02 rating in those 15 league appearances. Busio started in four of Sporting KC's six preseason friendlies and started in the opening match of the CONCACAF Champions League so far in 2019. Next up on the list of prospects is a teen who is most likely the most ready to play international football, Juan Pablo Torres. He's another player who is eligible to play for another nation as Torres was born to Columbian parents. The Georgia native left the U.S. at 18 and signed a deal with Belgium First Division side, Lokeren. Last year, his first season at the club, he managed two appearance. This year he's turned things around in a major way. The 19-year old he's made 19 starts and scored six goals for his club and has a player rating of 7.06. There was even a brief time he was linked with a move to Benfica and Porto. The final player I'll mention is 16-year old Efrain Alverez. And of course like the other two he has the option of player for another nation, as Alverez's parents are from Mexico. Born in Los Angeles, Efrain has come up through the LA Galaxy ranks and managed 23 starts last year for LA Galaxy II in the USL. This should be the year the teen breaks into the first team and is given his chance. With the MLS preseason all rapped up, Alverez did appear in five of the six Galaxy matches.


  39. 2019 Schedule Update

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    The U.S. will only play one match this month, which is way to Australia. This calendar year does bring us the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup which will be the first real test for tbuc and his national team. The tournament details will be released in April and played in June. Also, the U.S. will begin their Nations League matches in September.


  40. March 2019 Roster Announcement

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    23 players have been called in for the friendly on the other side of the world against Australia. The U.S. had a pretty poor finish to 2018 if results are important to you in friendly matches. This is a prefect match to turn things around to start 2019. It is a pretty strong squad from top to bottom. With that said, we don't see Brad Guzan or Michael Bradley on the roster. Zack Steffen and Ethan Horvath have established themselves as the top two keepers in the pool. Steffen looked to be slowly being the number one right before tbuc took over, however, it's been Horvath playing the majority of the matches for the U.S. the latter part of 2018. He's having an excellent season with Club Brugge in Belgium and if he's in net again in this one that could be a sign with just three months until the Gold Cup. There is a bit of a gap between those two and the third option. Alex Bono has been the guy of late with Guzan being the only other keeper tbuc called up in 2018. At the back it's clear John Brooks is the top option in the middle and with another strong Bundesliga season it's hard to see that changing. Carter-Vickers has been the man playing along side Brooks, but he was left off the roster completely this time. We do see Matt Miazga and Tim Parker return and Auston Trusty gets his first call. Keegan Rosenberry returns at the right back spot. He's had a strong start to the MLS season and Reggie Cannon has been relegated to the bench for Dallas. Tyler Adams is also on the roster, but listed as a midfielder. In the middle we see some familiar faces. This time around Cristian Roldan return in Michael Bradley's place. Christian Pulisic is back after a long term injury in 2018.


  41. March 26, 2019 Friendly

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    A good win for the U.S. today as we dominated the middle of the pitch and held the Socceroos to long distance shots. It was the home side who got off the mark first when the referee pointed to the spot after it looked like John Brooks bumped into the Celtic striker, Tom Rogic. Mathew Leckie stepped up and ripped it into the top right corner. The U.S. settled in and answered with three goals of their own before the halftime whistle. The first came from Schalke’s Weston McKennie on the counter attack. A low cross by Australia to the top of the box was won by Darlington Nagbe and he was on his way. He dribbled into in Australia’s half and played it out to the right to Bobby Wood who made has way to the edge of the box and laid it off to McKennie who finished the move with his first touch. It was Kellyn Acosta’s turn to get on the board just eight minutes later and again it was on the counter. A corner kick was won my Hyndman and fell to Pulisic who turned up field and lead the break. The Dortmund winger drove it up the pitch before playing it out wide to Nagbe who played in a near post cross which Acosta knocked in. The third and final goal came off a throw in the final third. Robinson threw it to McKennie who laid it off to Hyndman, who then played a little one-two with his midfield partner before playing a through ball to Pulisic who was making a run in behind from his right winger position.

    The second half was not nearly as exciting as each side really only had one good chance. Acosta made a goal line clearance off a corner kick and the post robbed McKennie of his second goal.



  42. March 2018 Update

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    He may only be 20-years old, but Weston McKennie could be the next U.S. captain once Michael Bradley hangs up the cleats. McKennie has been the best player in a U.S. shirt since tbuc took over, starting all eight matching. It’s fitting the midfielder is currently playing in the Bundesliga as, growing up with a father in the military, McKennie lived in Germany for three years and that is where he fell in love with the sport. After returning to America, the youngster began playing in the FC Dallas setup before heading back to Germany when he turned 18. He only made one appearance in his first year at Schalke, but spend the majority of the season with the U19’s. Last year, however, he broke into the first team and never looked back making 22 starts in the process. This season has been a little more difficult with only seven league starts to his name, but nonetheless he’s been been playing well when he gets his chance on the pitch.




  43. 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Draw

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    The draw for the group stage is now complete and the U.S. are left with a tough draw to say the least. They should get through to the quarterfinals with no problem, but will face rivals Mexico for a chance finish first. Whoever does finish in second will most likely face Costa Rica in the second round. The loser of that match will be very disappointed. For those who don't know the CONCACAF very well, this confederation has been dominated by the U.S., Mexico, and Costa Rica lately.

  44. 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League

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    The brand new Nations League group stage has been drawn. The U.S. will face Guyana and Jamaica for a chance to advance to the championship round. They should get through with no problem, however, Jamaica could be a real threat knowing the Reggae Boys have world class talent Leon Bailey on the team who is good enough to take on anyone.


  45. Injury Concern for Gold Cup

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    We've talked about the battle for the backup right back spot in the past on here, now that battle could be for the starting spot. Keegan Rosenberry has one cap to his name, but was deservingly named the 2018 MLS Defender of the Year and has two goals and five assists in nine matches this season. Reggie Cannon has been stuck on the bench for his club team and Tyler Adams has been starting in the midfield for the Red Bulls this season. We also cannot count out the chance someone breaks out in the next few months.


  46. 2019 U20 World Cup

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  47. April 2019 Update
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    April brought along some excitement as we saw the draw for the 2019 Gold Cup and Nations League, which means meaningful football is just around the corner. With the European League seasons coming to a close the U.S. roster is shaping up for their first major tournament under tbuc. The Gold Cup should be a real test for the manager as not only do they play their biggest rivals Mexico in the group stage, but if they loose that match they will likely face another tough opponent in the second round in Costa Rica. Which ever one of those three teams don't make it to the finals, their fans and president will be very upset. Could that manager be out of a job? We'll have to wait and see.

  48. ?Injury Concern for Gold Cup

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    Aron Johannsson has had the worst luck when it comes to injury issues throughout his career and that bad streak continues as he'll miss next months Gold Cup because of a broken toe. After a strong start in the Bundesliga, the striker landed a move to Serie A side Fiorentina where he's made 12 appearance for the club. He looked a favorite to made the 23 man roster as he's been outplaying Jozy Altidore who you can say has just been average in the MLS and Josh Sargent who, at just 19-years old, only has two appearances off the bench for the first team at Bremen. The injury does open the door for the young striker who has three goal in eight caps for the U.S. Who the third choice will be is still a question. Altidore is an option. He has 112 caps and 41 goals in a U.S. shirt. There is no doubt he's a proven talent. However, there are a handful of young talents tbuc could choose from. Timmy Weah, who has been starting on the right wing for the U.S., is a natural striker. Also, Haji Wright has four starts and four sub appearances for Schalke in the Bundesliga finding the back of the net five times this term.


  49. Injury Doubt for Gold Cup

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    Two days after the U.S. loose Johannsson, left back Jorge Villafana goes down with a pulled abdominal muscle. With the lack of talent in that position, Villafana could still make the roster as he could only miss the first game of the group stage. The California native was the starter in the 2017 Gold Cup for the U.S. in the left side of the defense and there really is no clear cut name to replace him if he's not select. Kellyn Acosta has played that position in the past, but is a nature midfielder. Tim Ream can also play in that role if he's selected to the roster. Time will tell if Villafana can get back in time.

  50. May 2019 Update

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    In just five days tbuc will announce his roster for the 2019 Gold Cup as the U.S. look to defend their title. There are a few question marks through injury. Johannsson will miss the tournament and full backs Jorge Villafana and DeAndre Yedlin are question marks. Villafana will miss the start, but could return after the first or second game. Yedlin has just returned to full training, but is far away from match fitness. He could use the matches against Guyana and Bermuda to get back to where he needs to be. tbuc has played his fair share of youth in 2018, but who has proved themselves enough to play in such an important tournament for the U.S.? Will we see Brad Guzan back in net? At this point I think Horvath and Steffen are proven enough to take over the starting spot in net. What about Matt Besler or even Timmy Chandler at the back? Besler has been one of the best in the MLS for several years and a viable option when in the U.S. squad. Chandler is a big question mark. It's most likely too soon for Reggie Cannon and Tyler Adams, who has played there, is a more nature midfielder. So, you'd have to think it'll be Chandler or Rosenberry. Chandler lacked form at the start of the Bundesliga season, but has turned that around of late. To Chandler's credit as well, he was apart of the 2014 World Cup team and started in the 2015 Gold Cup.

    The midfield is pretty much set in stone. We will see five players on the roster. Locks are Weston McKennie, Michael Bradley, Emerson Hyndman, and Kellyn Acosta. There are a few other names who deserve a chance as well. Cristian Roldan had an excellent 2018 season in the MLS. Tyler Adams has played in three matches under tbuc and, although he's only 20-years old, he has been a regular in the MLS for three seasons now. One other player who can't be overlooked in Russell Canouse. After returning from a stint in Germany the midfielder has been a star for DC United and drawn interest from Huddersfield in the Premier League.

    The front three are pretty much set too. Christian Pulisic will start on the right and Darlington Nagbe is an established left winger. Kenny Saief has played in five of the eight match since tbuc was named manager. That number could be higher, but has dealt with a long term injury. One name who should be included is Fabian Johnson. He was one of the best players in a U.S. shirt up until he's been dropped after the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.


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