Gregg Berhalter adds 21-year-old defender James Sands to USMNT roster
CHICAGO – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has added James Sands to the roster for the World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica on Nov. 16 in Kingston (5 p.m. ET; Paramount+, Universo).
Weston McKennie (yellow card accumulation) and Miles Robinson (red card) are suspended for one match following the USA’s 2-0 win against Mexico in Cincinnati. Both have departed camp.
Sands, 21, has made seven appearances for the USMNT, all in 2021. After making his debut against Haiti in the USA’s opening match of the 2021 Gold Cup, he appeared in all six matches as the United States were crowned tournament champions. Sands started in the 4-1 win away to Honduras in World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 8 in San Pedro Sula.
Following Friday’s 2-0 win against Mexico in Cincinnati, the USMNT heads to Jamaica on top of the Octagonal standings. The teams met Oct. 7 in Austin, Texas, where eighteen-year-old forward Ricardo Pepi scored twice to spark the USMNT to a 2-0 shutout win in front of a sellout crowd of 20,500 at Q2 Stadium.
DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB/COUNTRY; CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 25/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 12/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 22/1), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 8/0), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER; 5/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 18/1), James Sands (New York City FC; 7/0), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 0/0), Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp/BEL; 8/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 70/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 21/2)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 43/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 21/1), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; 7/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 33/8), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 10/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 29/0)
FORWARDS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 14/5), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 41/8), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 3/2), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 5/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 41/17), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 17/1)
The USA defeated Mexico 2-0 on Friday.
The 22-player roster includes 5 uncapped players.
Twenty-three players have been called up.
Varas is a former FC Dallas assistant coach.
Oregel helped Chicago win the MLS NEXT U-19 title.
A total of 175 candidates were named.