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The US men’s national team have called in 24 players for their annual January camp, which officially begins the buildup to the 2026 FIFA World Cup on home soil and includes friendlies against Serbia (Jan. 25) and Colombia (Jan. 28) at MLS venues – first at LAFC's BMO Stadium and then at LA Galaxy's Dignity Health Sports Park.

GOALKEEPERS (3)

  • Roman Celentano - FC Cincinnati (MLS)
  • Sean Johnson - Unattached
  • Gaga Slonina - Chelsea (England)

DEFENDERS (8)

  • Jonathan Gómez - Real Sociedad (Spain)
  • Julian Gressel - Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS)
  • DeJuan Jones - New England Revolution (MLS)
  • Aaron Long - LAFC (MLS)
  • Jalen Neal - LA Galaxy (MLS)
  • Sam Rogers - Rosenborg (Norway)
  • John Tolkin - New York Red Bulls (MLS)
  • Walker Zimmerman - Nashville SC (MLS)

MIDFIELDERS (6)

  • Paxten Aaronson - Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Kellyn Acosta - LAFC (MLS)
  • Aidan Morris - Columbus Crew (MLS)
  • Paxton Pomykal - FC Dallas (MLS)
  • Alan Soñora - Unattached
  • Eryk Williamson - Portland Timbers (MLS)

FORWARDS (7)

  • Paul Arriola - FC Dallas (MLS)
  • Cade Cowell - San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
  • Jesús Ferreira - FC Dallas (MLS)
  • Matthew Hoppe - Middlesbrough (England)
  • Emmanuel Sabbi - Odense (Denmark)
  • Brandon Vazquez - FC Cincinnati (MLS)
  • Alejandro Zendejas - Club America (Mexico)

January camp schedule

Since Gregg Berhalter's deal as head coach expired after the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the USMNT's training camp will be overseen by assistant coach Anthony Hudson. Fellow World Cup assistant B.J. Callaghan and U-20 head coach Mikey Varas will also serve as assistant coaches.

Roster quick facts

The roster includes 15 active MLS players, while NYCFC captain Sean Johnson is listed as unattached as he explores free agency. Several MLS homegrown products – Aaronson (ex-Philadelphia Union) and Slonina (ex-Chicago Fire FC) – are also included after the teenagers moved to top-five European leagues this winter.

Five players return from the USMNT’s World Cup run in Qatar: Johnson, Long, Zimmerman, Acosta and Ferreira. They helped the program place second in Group B, before they fell 3-1 to the Netherlands in the Round of 16.

Seven players feature for clubs outside of MLS, marking the highest foreign-based contingent ever in a USMNT January camp. With the gathering falling outside of the designated calendar for international competition, clubs aren’t required to release players – meaning January camp typically consists largely of US-based players who aren’t in season (the 2023 MLS campaign begins Feb. 25).

Thirteen players are uncapped, 11 of whom are being summoned to their first USMNT camp. Eight players are also age-eligible for the 2024 Summer Olympics, while three helped the USA claim the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship and qualify for this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

Notable names

Vazquez gets rewarded for a breakout 2022 season where 18 goals and six assists for FC Cincinnati earned him a spot on the 2022 MLS Best XI presented by Continental Tire. Vazquez represented the US at the 2015 U-17 World Cup alongside Zendejas, who’s the only Mexico-based player on the roster. They’re both eligible to represent Mexico and are uncapped by the USMNT.

Gressel, a German-born wingback, earns his first call-up after obtaining his US citizenship last November and brings nearly 200 games of experience. Two fellow MLS defenders, Jones and Tolkin, are seeking their first cap and could offer a long-term option beyond first-choice left back Antonee Robinson (Fulham).

Williamson and Pomykal are hoping to carve out a greater role in the 2026 cycle, possibly providing options behind Europe-based standouts Yunus Musah (Valencia) and Weston McKennie (Juventus) in the No. 8 spots. They have a combined five caps so far.

Slonina, 18, can become the youngest goalkeeper to appear for the USMNT. Aaronson, if he features, can become part of the eighth set of brothers to represent the USMNT – alongside his older brother Brenden (Leeds United).

Arriola is back with the USMNT after being a final cut for the 2022 World Cup roster, a decision that left him “heartbroken” last November.