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US men's national team announce roster for October friendlies

A pair of familiar faces are back with the US men's national team.

Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan have been recalled for the team's upcoming October friendlies against Colombia and Peru, but youth is still the priority in Dave Sarachan's latest squad.

“When you are building a team, at some point there has to be the proper blend of youth and experience," Sarachan said in a media release. "As we head into these last four friendlies of the year, I felt the timing was right to begin that transition. I think it’s important to do it earlier than a week before the Gold Cup or a World Cup Qualifier. Bringing in players like Michael and Brad, who have a vast amount of experience and can be a great resource for our younger players – both on and off the field – is an important step for us at this point in time.”

The US will host Colombia at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Oct. 11 as FS1, UniMás and UDN will broadcast the match beginning at 7:30 pm ET. The final home match of the Kickoff Series pits USA against Peru on Oct. 16 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. ESPN2, UniMas and UDN will broadcast live beginning at 7:30 pm ET.

FC Dallas' Reggie CannonNew York City FC's Ben Sweat, and New York Red Bulls' Aaron Long are each in line for their first cap, as is Jonathan Amon.

“Both players have had solid seasons, playing a lot of minutes while helping their clubs to good positions in the league," Sarachan said of Cannon and Sweat. "They both play in positions where I feel we need to improve our overall depth."

The team features nine MLSers, including Guzan, Bradey, Zack Steffen, Long, Cannon, Sweat, Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams and Wil Trapp.

Christian Pulisic also makes his return to the squad after missing September's friendlies with a minor injury. The average age of the 23 called up is 23 years, 168 days. 

USMNT roster vs. Colombia and Peru

Pos. Player Club
GK Brad Guzan Atlanta United
GK Ethan Horvath Club Brugge
GK Zack Steffen Columbus Crew SC
D John Brooks Wolfsburg
D Reggie Cannon FC Dallas
D Cameron Carter-Vickers Swansea City
D Aaron Long NY Red Bulls
D Matt Miazga Nantes
D Antonee Robinson Wigan Athletic
D Ben Sweat NYCFC
D DeAndre Yedlin Newcastle United
M Kellyn Acosta Colorado Rapids
M Tyler Adams NY Red Bulls
M Jonathan Amon Nordsjælland
M Michael Bradley Toronto FC
M Julian Green Greuther Fürth
M Weston McKennie Schalke
M Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund
M Kenny Saief Anderlecht
M Wil Trapp Columbus Crew SC
M Tim Weah Paris Saint-Germain
F Andrija Novakovich Fotuna Sittard
F Josh Sargent Werder Bremen
F Bobby Wood Hannover 96