Gregg Berhalter has decided on who will show up for camp in Austin, Texas as he prepares for the next phase of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers next month.

Twenty-seven players have been called up, although only 23 can be named to the final roster for the qualifiers that will start next Thursday against Jamaica.

Some players who missed out on the first round of games where the USA underperformed with draws against El Salvador and Canada, have been called back such as strikers  Paul Arriola and Gyasi Zardes.  Yunus Musah and Tim Weah, who both missed out due to injuries, are also back in the mix. 

Probably the most noteworthy addition is Weston McKennie, who was shipped back to Italy before the three games were completed during the last break, for breaking team COVID protocol regulations. 

Of the 27 called, 17 belong to clubs in Europe including thrice capped Luca de la Torre from Heracles in the Netherlands, and veteran of 67 caps, DeAndre Yedlin.  Eighteen players who took part in the first round have also returned.

Now tied for second place with Canada in the qualifying standings, the young Americans will go up against Jamaica in Austin on October 3rd, before jetting down to Panama City to take on the Panamanian team three days later.  It will then be a trip back to the USA where they will welcome Costa Rica to Columbus, Ohio on the 14th of the month.

DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB/COUNTRY; CAPS/GOALS):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 23/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 10/0)

DEFENDERS (10): George Bello (Atlanta United; 4/0), John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 45/3), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 13/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 7/0), Shaq Moore (Tenerife/ESP; 11/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 46/1), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER; 3/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 15/1), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 12/2), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 67/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 40/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 17/1), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; 6/0), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED: 3/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 32/8), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 25/7), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 28/0)

FORWARDS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 10/5), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 8/0), Matthew Hoppe (Mallorca/ESP; 5/1), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 1/1), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 13/1), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 62/14)

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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