Preliminary rosters for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup were released Friday, with countries allowed to include up to 60 players as the region’s bi-annual summer tournament nears.
Participating teams will name final 23-player rosters before the start of the Preliminary Round, which begins July 2. Changes are only allowed in the event of force majeure or an injury up until 24 hours before each team’s first group stage match. All changes must be approved by Concacaf.
Sorted by group, here are some key MLS-centric names who have been named to Gold Cup preliminary rosters. Group stage games begin July 10 and build toward an Aug. 1 final at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium. In the Preliminary Round, 12 countries are vying for the competition's final three spots.
Head coach Tata Martino has named LA Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to his 60-man preliminary roster, setting up a possible return for Mexico’s all-time leading scorer. Other MLS names of note are Sporting Kansas City forward Alan Pulido, Inter Miami CF midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro and LA midfielders Jonathan Dos Santos and Efrain Alvarez.
Fresh off qualifying for the Octagonal stage of World Cup qualifiers, Les Rouges have an MLS-heavy roster. One headline is that Toronto FC forward Ayo Akinola was included, suggesting he may have opted for representing Canada instead of the US. There’s plenty of firepower on the roster in the form of wingback Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps FC product) and forward Cyle Larin (ex-Orlando City SC player).
Seattle Sounders midfielder Jordy Delem has named to Martinique's roster, though don't expect him to feature after he tore his ACL earlier this season.