Analyzing the 28 Man Roster: USMNT

Interim Head Coach of the US Men’s National Team, Dave Sarachan, announced his 28-man lineup for the upcoming friendlies in November against England and Italy.

Paraguay v USA - FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Round of 16
Paraguay v USA – FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Round of 16

No real surprises in between the three posts. Newly crowned MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Zack Steffen, makes another appearance on the roster list.

Unfortunately, Steffen’s trip was cut short in the USA’s s last friendlies against Peru and Colombia due to an injury. He will be accompanied by veteran keeper Brad Guzan and Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge).

Moving further up the field, both Weston Mckennie and Christian Pulisic were called up once more in hopes to be able to actually make it out to the pitch this time. Their presence in the US roster is an important one seeing as they are the face of the newly renovated and vastly young US Men’s National Team.

Christian Pulisic in the Bundesliga
Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic’s name speaks for itself. He’s been having great showings playing for his club (Borussia Dormund) and in the Champions League. Pulisic has not been able to participate in a US friendly match since May of this year so it’ll be interesting to see how his incredible club form translates over to his country’s team.

Tim Weah is another figure in the renovation of the USMNT and after proving himself in  the 1-1 tie against Peru, he’ll likely be seeing heavy minutes on the field.

Another notable difference in the lineup in the midfield is the addition of Malmot FF player, Romain Gall. According to how he performs in training sessions, Sarachan should include Gall in his scheme in order to try out new faces and see which combination of players works best cohesively.

Lastly, the US will only be bringing two strikers with them to Europe, Bobby Wood and Josh Sargent.

Bobby Wood has been recovering from his subpar form last season in Hamburger and since he’s joined Hannover 96, he’s slowly getting his “goal” back.

Josh Sargent has not stayed far behind, either. He’s been racking the brains of the coaching staff at Werder Bremen by showing he’s more than capable playing alongside their second team.

Here’s a look at the depth chart:

USMNT Depth Chart
USMNT Depth Chart @thisweekinmls

Arturo Principe | @ArturoPrincipe1





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