Youth Rules The Day On USMNT Roster For Bolivia Friendly

Weston McKennie, USMNT
Weston McKennie

As the rebuilding of the U.S. Men’s National Team continues, seven players without a senior team cap have been called into the squad for its May 28 friendly against Bolivia.

The 22-man roster for national team head coach Dave Sarachan will feature players with an average age of just less than 23. Only two players on the roster have made 20 appearances in a U.S. kit— Christian Pulisic and Joe Carona. Also noteworthy is that only two players on the roster are connected with Major League Soccer teams with most connected to teams in Europe.

“As I’ve talked about throughout this process, the theme is to offer opportunity to this younger generation of talented players that have potential down the road with the program,” said Sarachan. “We’ve had first-time call-ups in every camp since November, and this is another extension of that. We’re going into the Bolivia game with newer faces along with a few familiar players as well. Overall, these types of games provide great chances for players to bank key minutes in international matches.”

The U.S. and Bolivia will close out Memorial Day weekend on Monday, May 28, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Penn. Kick off is 6:30 p.m.

Following the Bolivia match, Sarachan is expected to make numerous roster changes prior to the men’s team’s two-game set in Europe. The U.S. will visit Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to face the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, June 2 (3 p.m. eastern time). A week later, the U.S. takes on star-studded France in Les Bleus’ final match before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff for the Saturday, June 9, clash at Groupama Stadium in Lyon is set for 3 p.m. eastern time.

Detailed Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 5/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 14/1), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 5/1), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United/ENG; 0/0), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City/ENG; 0/0), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 0/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 16/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 2/0)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 20/3), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 3/0), Julian Green (Stuttgart/GER; 8/3), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana/MEX; 0/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 1/1), Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR; 0/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 20/9), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 1/0)

FORWARDS (2): Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG; 1/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 0/0)