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USMNT Apr 12, 2023

USMNT roster set for inaugural Continental Clásico against Mexico in Arizona

CHICAGO – Twenty-three players have been called up to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team in the inaugural Continental Clásico where the USA will take on archrival Mexico on April 19 in Glendale, Arizona.

The training camp roster features 10 players from the USMNT’s successful run at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while nine players come into camp with less than five USMNT appearances, including four young rising stars age-eligible for next summer’s Olympic Games.

The match will be broadcast live on TBS, Telemundo and Universo and streamed on HBO Max and Peacock. Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET, with kickoff set for 10:22 p.m.

“We are delighted with the group we have put together. Anytime you get to play against your closest rivals it’s a special opportunity, and we have players who understand what this rivalry is all about and are ready to compete in the Allstate Continental Clásico,” USMNT head coach Anthony Hudson said. “It’s another chance to build on the progress we have made in the last four years and prepare for the defense of our two Concacaf titles this summer.”

With the match falling outside of the designated international calendar, clubs are not required to release players for national team duty. The USA’s roster for the Allstate Continental Clásico features 21 players based in domestic competition and two plying their trade abroad: AC Milan defender Sergiño Dest and FC Juárez midfielder Alan Soñora.

USMNT ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB/COUNTRY; CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Drake Callender (Inter Miami; 0/0), Roman Celentano (FC Cincinnati; 0/0), Sean Johnson (Toronto FC/CAN; 11/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Sergiño Dest (AC Milan/ITA; 24/2), Aaron Long (LAFC; 31/3), Julian Gressel (Vancouver Whitecaps/CAN; 2/0), Matt Miazga (FC Cincinnati; 22/1), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC; 17/1), Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United; 0/0), Joshua Wynder (Louisville City; 0/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 77/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 39/3)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 57/2), Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 32/0), James Sands (New York City FC; 7/0), Alan Soñora (FC Juárez/MEX; 2/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 16/0)

FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; 50/10), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 17/7), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 51/11), Brandon Vazquez (FC Cincinnati; 2/1)

RIVALRY RENEWED

North America’s biggest rivalry will take center stage at the inaugural edition of the Allstate Continental Clásico, as the USA and Mexico will clash for the 75th time. The U.S. is undefeated in its last four matches against El Tri and turned in three memorable victories in their last three meetings on home soil.

Two of those wins clinched continental championships for the USMNT — the thrilling Concacaf Nations League Final in June 2021, an instant classic that featured a Christian Pulisic game-winning goal and heroic penalty kick save from substitute goalkeeper Ethan Horvath in extra time for a 3-2 win, and the Gold Cup Final in August 2021, a 1-0 triumph for the USA in extra time on an 117th-minute goal from defender Miles Robinson. In qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the USMNT added another chapter to the history of Dos a Cero in November 2022 with goals from Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie.

The USMNT is 22-36-16 all-time vs. Mexico in the series dating back to 1934; however, the US. Team holds a strong 17-9-7 advantage since 2000. Thirteen players on the roster have previously squared off against El Tri, while five were a part of the last meeting, a crucial 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca during World Cup qualifying on March 24, 2022: defenders Aaron Long, DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman, midfielder Kellyn Acosta and forward Jordan Morris.

WORLD CUP VETERANS RETURN

Ten of the 26 players that represented the U.S. at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be in Arizona to face off against Mexico: goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defenders Sergiño Dest, Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Walker Zimmerman and DeAndre Yedlin, midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Cristian Roldan and forwards Jesùs Ferreira and Jordan Morris.

Dest played a major role at right back in Qatar as one of eight U.S. players to log more than 300 minutes at the World Cup and started all four matches. Zimmerman was also a key contributor, appearing in every match and making a critical goal line clearance late in the USMNT’s knockout round-clinching victory against Iran. Acosta and Morris each made two substitute appearances, while Ferreira started against the Netherlands in the Round of 16.

Morris is currently leading the MLS Golden Boot Race with eight goals in seven matches.

YOUNG STARS AIM TO MAKE THEIR MARK

In addition to the World Cup veterans returning to the squad, a number of young players will look to make an impact at the Allstate Continental Clásico. Three are eligible for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup: defenders Caleb Wiley and Joshua Wynder plus forward Cade Cowell. That trio and midfielder Aidan Morris are eligible to represent the U.S. at the Olympics next summer in Paris, an under-23 competition for men’s soccer.

The 17-year-old Wynder, a nominee for 2022 Chipotle U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year, is the youngest player on the April roster and first USL Championship player called to the USMNT since defenders Jonathan Gómez (Louisville City) and Kobi Henry (Orange County SC) in December 2021. He’s now seeking his full international debut alongside Wiley, who is in the midst of a breakout season with Atlanta United. Aidan Morris earned his first cap in January against Serbia, while Cowell, who earned Insiders Man of the Match in that contest, already has two senior team caps to his name.

USMNT IN AZ

The U.S. is 4-1-2 in Arizona all-time and 3-1-1 when playing in Glendale. Most recently, the USA topped Panama 3-0 on Jan. 27, 2019. The match was Gregg Berhalter’s first as USMNT head coach, while midfielder Djordje Mihailovic scored in his full international debut and Walker Zimmerman netted his second international goal.

The USMNT most recently gathered in the Grand Canyon State for a training camp ahead of the special January/February 2022 international window, added to the FIFA calendar as part of the condensed World Cup qualifying schedule.

INTRODUCING THE ALLSTATE CONTINENTAL CLÁSICO

This USA-Mexico showdown marks the first edition of the Allstate Continental Clásico, a new annual event that features the USMNT hosting a top-tier opponent from North, Central or South America. The event demonstrates Allstate’s commitment to growing soccer in the United States in partnership with U.S. Soccer.

The design and branding for the Allstate Continental Clásico was led by U.S. Soccer’s Brand and Creative team. The insignia draws inspiration from traditional American sports logos, while the font is a nod to Hispanic culture. The red lines represent the USA and grey, the opponent.

USMNT ROSTER NOTES:

  • The roster will hold an average age of 25 years, 208 days as of the first day of training on April 17. The squad also averages 20 caps.
  • DeAndre Yedlin (77 caps) is the most seasoned international player on the roster, followed by Kellyn Acosta (57), Jordan Morris (51), Paul Arriola (50), Walker Zimmerman (39), Cristian Roldan (32) and Aaron Long (31).
  • Ten veterans from the 2022 FIFA World Cup have been called: goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defenders Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Walker Zimmerman and DeAndre Yedlin, midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Cristian Roldan and forwards Jesús Ferreira and Jordan Morris.
  • Twenty of the 23 players come from MLS clubs, with the team rounded out by Sergiño Dest (AC Milan; Italian Serie A), Alan Soñora (FC Juárez; Liga MX) and Joshua Wynder (Louisville City; USL Championship).
  • With three selections, FC Cincinnati leads the list of 12 MLS clubs represented on the U.S. roster, followed by FC Dallas (2), Inter Miami (2), LAFC (2), Nashville SC (2), San Jose Earthquakes (2), Seattle Sounders (2), Atlanta United (1), Columbus Crew (1), New York City FC (1), Toronto FC (1), and Vancouver Whitecaps (1).
  • Three players will take part in their first senior team camp: defenders Caleb Wiley and Joshua Wynder and goalkeeper Drake Callender. They join January camp debutant goalkeeper Roman Celentano in seeking their first senior team appearances this month.
  • Roman Celentano comes to USMNT camp tied for the MLS lead in clean sheets with five.
  • A finalist for the 2022 Chipotle U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year, 17-year-old Joshua Wynder is the youngest player on the April roster and first USL Championship player called to the USMNT since defenders Jonathan Gómez (Louisville City) and Kobi Henry (Orange County SC) in December 2021.
  • Should he play, Wynder would become the first U.S.-based, non-MLS player to appear for the USMNT since Gómez made his international debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 18, 2021, just weeks before his transfer to Real Sociedad became official.
  • Defender Matt Miazga will make his first USMNT camp appearance since June 2021. A veteran holding 21 caps, the 27-year-old last appeared as a substitute in the 1-0 win against Honduras in the Concacaf Nations League semifinal.
  • Midfielder James Sands returns to USMNT camp for the first time since March 2022 and will seek his first appearance since Sept. 8, 2021 at Honduras in World Cup qualifying.
  • Midfielder Jackson Yueill makes his first camp appearance since January 2022. He last played in the 1-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 18, 2021.
  • Three players who made their USMNT debuts in the 2023 opener against Serbia return for this month’s match, with goal-scorer Brandon Vazquez joined by defender Julian Gressel and midfielder Aidan Morris.
  • With four assists to his name, Julian Gressel sits one back of the league lead seven weeks into the MLS season.
  • Cade Cowell, who earned U.S. Soccer Insiders Man of the Match in the Serbia game, joins Caleb Wiley and Joshua Wynder as the three players on the roster that are also age-eligible for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Thirteen players have previous appearances against Mexico: DeAndre Yedlin (9), Kellyn Acosta (6), Jordan Morris (4), Aaron Long (3), Cristian Roldan (3), Walker Zimmerman (3), Sergiño Dest (2), Matt Miazga (2), Shaq Moore (2), Jesús Ferreira (1), James Sands (1), Jackson Yueill (1).
  • Should he play on April 19, Yedlin would become the 13th USMNT player to earn double-digit appearances against Mexico.
  • Five players appeared in the last match against El Trí, a crucial 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca on March 24, 2022. DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman started the match and Kellyn Acosta, Aaron Long and Jordan Morris coming off the bench to help the USA earn a vital point in World Cup qualifying.
  • Currently leading the MLS Golden Boot Race with eight goals, Jordan Morris scored his first international goal against Mexico, tallying the eventual game winner in the 2-0 victory against El Trí on April 15, 2015 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
  • DeAndre Yedlin and Kellyn Acosta have both provided assists in championship matches against Mexico. Yedlin set up Bobby Wood’s 108th minute equalizer in the Concacaf Cup on Oct. 10, 2015 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Six years later, Acosta served up the free kick for Miles Robinson to head home in the 117th minute of the Concacaf Gold Cup on Aug. 1, 2021 at Allegiant Field in Las Vegas.
  • Sergiño Dest made his USMNT debut against Mexico on Sept. 6, 2019 in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • Walker Zimmerman scored his second international goal at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, nodding home a cross from Nick Lima in the 80th minute of a 3-0 win against Panama on Jan. 27, 2019.

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