The lineup is out for Friday night’s US men's national team friendly (8:30 pm ET | FS1, Univision, TUDN) against Mexico, and Gregg Berhalter has trotted out a mix of young stars and established veterans.
In all, the starting XI against El Tri features five MLS players, a former one in ex-Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen and, as released pre-game, outside back Sergino Dest making his first appearance for the senior USMNT. The dual-international, 18, can also represent the Netherlands and plays his club soccer for Eredivisie powerhouse Ajax.
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One other notable is Bundesliga midfielder Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf) is making his first appearance since a May 16, 2016 match against Puerto Rico. Other European-based players are midfielder Weston McKennie (FC Schalke 04), attacker Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) and attacker Tyler Boyd (Besiktas).
This rematch of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup final, which Mexico won 1-0, also sees two MLSers on the bench for Tata Martino's team. The ex-Atlanta United coach has named an LA Galaxy pair as reserves: midfielder Jonathan dos Santos and winger Uriel Antuna.
Eight of 10 players on the USMNT bench suit up in MLS, with Atlanta center back Miles Robinson and FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomkyal each close to making their first USMNT appearances. Both teams will be allowed six substitutes, so it’s also possible that Seattle Sounders duo Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris see action, as well as midfielders Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes) and Sebastian Lletget (Galaxy). Same goes for NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson and Montreal Impact left back Daniel Lovitz.