UPDATE (Dec. 5): Forward Sebastian Soto has been called in for the USMNT's December camp, bringing the total number of players on the roster up to 24 ahead of its upcoming friendly with El Salvador in Miami. Soto, 20, currently plays in the Dutch second division with Telstar and is coming off a splashy debut for the Yanks last month, when he scored two goas after coming on as a second-half substitute against Panama.
UPDATE (Dec. 3): San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski has been called into camp to replace Real Salt Lake backstop David Ochoa, who has been diagnosed with a right quad strain. Marcinkowski started 11 games for San Jose in 2020 and has previously featured on the US youth circuit, with seven appearances for the Under-20 side and another five appearances for the U-23s.
UPDATE (Dec. 2): USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter added San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Jackson Yueill to the roster, and the squad now stands at 23 players. Yueill already has seven caps for the national team.
UPDATE (Dec. 1): US Soccer announced Tuesday that FC Cincinnati midfielder Frankie Amaya has withdrawn from the US men's national team's December camp after a positive COVID-19 test. Amaya is currently isolated as part of quarantine protocol and will be replaced by Orlando City SC's Andrés Perea.
Sad to say I tested positive for Covid-19 right at the start of my first camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team. I’m obviously disappointed to miss out on this dream opportunity, but also grateful for all the people taking care of me. Thank you for all the support.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Frankie Amaya (@frankie_amaya) December 1, 2020
ORIGINAL (Nov. 30): US men's national team head coach Gregg Berhalter has called in 22 players for December camp in South Florida ahead of the friendly with El Salvador at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Dec. 9, with a total of 12 uncapped players on the roster.
All the players currently represent MLS clubs, with the exception of former Philadelphia Union academy and now Benfica goalkeeper CJ Dos Santos. The average age of the call-ups is 22.
D.C. United winger Paul Arriola is one of the elder statesmen of the group, leading the way with 33 career senior caps. The 25-year-old will look to get back in the international mix after missing all but one game in 2020 with a torn ACL he suffered in preseason.
Philadelphia Union prodigy Brenden Aaronson and teammate Mark McKenzie are among the Homegrown products to get the call, joined by Portland's Marco Farfan, the LA Galaxy's Efrain Alvarez, Chicago Fire FC's Mauricio Pineda and Djordje Mihailovic, Toronto FC's Ayo Akinola and Colorado's Cole Bassett and Sam Vines.
Alvarez has represented Mexico at youth level and so would need to file a one-time change with FIFA in order to play against El Salvador. Galaxy teammate Julian Araujo and FC Cincinnati's Frankie Amaya are two other Mexico-eligible players to have been included, though both represented the U.S. at youth level.
Akinola, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season for Toronto, gets a first call despite also being eligible for Canada and Nigeria. Fellow first-time inclusion Daryl Dike is similarly also eligible to represent Nigeria.
Additional players may be added following the completion of the MLS Western Conference Semifinals.
“Since returning to the field, the focus has been on continuing to build on our foundation and preparing the team for important competitions in 2021,” Berhalter said in a US Soccer release. “We have utilized these opportunities to work with our core group while evaluating young talent in an effort to strengthen our overall player pool.”
USA roster for December 2020 camp
|GK||Dos Santos, CJ||Benfica|
|GK||Hamid, Bill||D.C. United|
|GK||Marcinkowski, JT||San Jose Earthquakes|
|D||Araujo, Julian||LA Galaxy|
|D||Duncan, Kyle||NY Red Bulls|
|D||Farfan, Marco||Portland TimbersPortland|
|D||Long, Aaron||NY Red Bulls|
|D||McKenzie, Mark||Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia|
|D||Pineda, Mauricio||Chicago FireChicago|
|D||Zimmerman, Walker||Nashville SCNashville|
|M||Aaronson, Brenden||Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia|
|M||Acosta, Kellyn||Colorado RapidsColorado|
|M||Perea, Andres||Orlando City SC|
|M||Bassett, Cole||Colorado RapidsColorado|
|M||Lletget, Sebastian||LA Galaxy|
|M||Yueill, Jackson||San Jose Earthquakes|
|F||Akinola, Ayo||Toronto FC|
|F||Alvarez, Efrain||LA Galaxy|
|F||Arriola, Paul||D.C. United|
|F||Dike, Daryl||Orlando City SCOrlando|
|F||Mihailovic, Djordje||Chicago FireChicago|
|F||Mueller, Chris||Orlando City SCOrlando|
|F||Soto, Sebastian||SC Telstar|