DAVE SARACHAN CALLS YOUTHFUL 22-PLAYER ROSTER TO PHILADELPHIA
FOR USA-BOLIVIA ON MAY 28
Pennsylvania Native Christian Pulisic Headlines MNT Roster With Average Age Under 23;
FS1, UniMás and UDN to Broadcast Beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET
CHICAGO (May 20, 2018) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan will once again put the prospects of the next generation of the MNT on display, calling 22 players to Philadelphia in advance of the team’s upcoming Memorial Day clash against Bolivia on May 28 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.
Along with serving as the first match of the team’s three-stop summer tour, the game will mark Christian Pulisic’s first with the MNT since October 2017. Fresh off completing his second full season with German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, the 19-year-old headlines a youthful roster whose average age will be 22 years, 286 days upon arrival to Philadelphia.
Tickets for the USA’s Memorial Day friendly are still available. Fans can also watch the match beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMás and UDN or follow along on U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts.
“As I’ve talked about throughout this process, the theme is to offer opportunity to this younger generation of talented players that have potential down the road with the program,” Sarachan said. “We’ve had first-time call-ups in every camp since November, and this is another extension of that. We’re going into the Bolivia game with newer faces along with a few familiar players as well. Overall, these types of games provide great chances for players to bank key minutes in international matches.”
Following the Bolivia match, Sarachan will make numerous changes to the roster before the MNT’s two-game set in Europe.
The USA will visit Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to face the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, June 2 (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás, UDN). A week later, the U.S. takes on star-studded France in Les Bleus‘ final match before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff for the June 9 clash at Groupama Stadium in Lyon is set for 3 p.m. ET (ESPN, UniMás, UDN).
Detailed Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 5/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 14/1), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 5/1), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United/ENG; 0/0), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City/ENG; 0/0), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 0/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 16/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 20/3), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 3/0), Julian Green (Stuttgart/GER; 8/3), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana/MEX; 0/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 1/1), Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR; 0/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 20/9), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 1/0)
FORWARDS (2): Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG; 1/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 0/0)
CHRISTIAN PULISIC RETURNS TO MNT
The May camp marks Hershey, Pa., native Christian’s Pulisic’s first time back with the MNT since October 2017. The 19-year-old attacker was a mainstay with Borussia Dortmund this past season, making 41 competitive appearances while helping the Bundesliga club qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. The U.S. Soccer 2017 Male Player of the Year Award winner was a revelation for the MNT last year, recording six goals and four assists in nine appearances. Pulisic’s 20 caps tie him with Joe Corona for most on the roster that will face Bolivia.