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Adams, Weah, Gioacchini to miss March USMNT friendlies, Cappis and Siebatcheu in as replacements

Tyler Adams, Tim Weah and Nicholas Gioacchini will not take part in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s upcoming friendlies against Jamaica and Northern Ireland due to quarantine requirements in their respective areas.

Gregg Berhalter is calling in midfielder Christian Cappis and Jordan Siebatcheu as replacements, and both players are expected to be available for both matches.

The loss of Adams means one more key figure that won’t be available from Berhalter’s first-choice lineup, joining Weston McKennie, who was left out of the March friendlies in order to allow to recover from a minor injury.

The remaining squad, and potential starting lineup to take on Jamaica on March 25 should still be a strong one, with Christian Pulisic set to make his national team return for the first time in 18 months.

Cappis will be taking part in his second USMNT camp after being in the January 2020 camp while Siebatcheu is about to take part in his first U.S. camp. The U.S.-born French striker has enjoyed a breakout season with Swiss side Young Boys and would give the Americans even more depth at striker if he ultimately chooses to represent the United States on the international level.

Here is the full roster for the USMNT training camp for the March friendlies (*-indicates player will leave camp after the Jamaica friendly):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/0), Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 19/0)

DEFENDERS (10): John Brooks* (Wolfsburg/GER; 39/3), Reggie Cannon* (Boavista/POR; 13/0), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 5/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 19/3), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 20/1), Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien/AUT; 2/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 41/1), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 0/0), Chris Richards* (Hoffenheim/GER; 1/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 8/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 2/1), Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 25/2), Christian Cappis (Hobro IK/DEN; 0/0), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED; 1/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 18/4), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 2/0), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG; 1/0)

FORWARDS (5): Daryl Dike (Barnsley/ENG; 1/0), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 34/14), Gio Reyna* (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 2/1), Josh Sargent* (Werder Bremen/GER; 12/5), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys/SUI; 0/0)

Comments

  1. We seem to be strong in the back and up front, but without McKennie and Adams the midfield isn’t nearly as good. But, it;’s a friendly so it should be a strong team, especially against Jamaica when we have the Germany based players.

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  2. Ever a worry. Will Sargent, Brooks, Cannon and Richards also be made unavailable?

    GB’s head must be spinning and he must be trying to figure out how to handle yet more rejections to come.

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    • It is interesting to see Acosta back in the pool. For a while he seemed to be the USMNT designated star of the future and was in all of the games as a potential heir to MB90. Then he fell off the face of the MNT planet. Lets hope he is doing well, personally, for his club and for the MNT.

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    • I was amongst those who liked what I saw early in his career- but there is no-thing there with club or national team performance that merits his callup. Bright side? Hope he doesn’t get game time but- I would be stoked if this became a boost that propelled him into his potential……….

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    • I share your opinion on Acosta. For a while I had him as a dark horse/depth option…but having seen his play with the National Team in December and January I’ve adjusted my stance. Acosta (Like Roldan) have no place in the National Team. If it weren’t for Cardoso & Yuiell being with the U-23s I don’t think we’d see Acosta on this roster.
      CDM depth really needs to step up. I’ve liked what I’ve seen of Cardoso…Otasowi has some promise but I see him more as a CB…Not a fan of Yueill, as I think he’s a liability defensively.

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      • I haven’t seen Otasowi play enough to have an opinion. Yueill looks pretty good in the context of MLS, but what I’ve seen- doesn’t do well when time/space compresses… in other words what he’ll see with the international game. And yeah- he’s rather lumbering/Bradleyesque defensively.

    • Acosta got a raw deal when FCD wouldn’t sell him to Europe, gave him the next window response for about a year and half. He got injured and then by the time Dallas was ready to move him nobody wanted him. His motivation seemed to drop and then when he got to Colorado he struggled being on a bad team. He’s a guy that you wonder if he’d gone to Europe early if he’d have developed or if really just hit his peak. If he came up with FCD today he would have trained at Bayern and had opportunities like Cannon, Reynolds, and Richards. I look at him as a veteran option for the GC. I think he fits in the 8 role if we’re high pressing but I think Pomykal, Booth, Tessmann, Aiden Morris and a couple others have a pretty good chance to go by him as the 3rd or 4th option pretty quickly.
      Pressing 8s Rankings
      1.Wes. 2.Yunus 3. Lletget 4. Acosta 5. Dotson 6. Tessman 7. Pomykal (when healthy) 8. Busio 9. Booth. 10. Morris 11. I am sure I forgot someone who clearly belongs higher on this list. (If Berhalter still sees Aaronson as an 8 I think he slides in at 4.)

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      • Forgot Roldan and Booth is back from injury, probably had Dotson too high as well.
        1. McKennie
        2. Musah
        3. Lletget
        4. Acosta
        5. Pomykal
        6. Roldan
        7. Booth
        8. Dotson
        9. Tessmann
        10. Busio (could be a wing as well)
        11. Aiden Morris

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