The U.S. men’s national team squad for December’s training camp features the return of some veterans making their returns after lengthy absences due to injury as well as a wave of promising youngsters ready to stake their own claims in the USMNT setup.
Jordan Morris and Aaron Long join current USMNT regulars Ricardo Pepi, Matt Turner and Walker Zimmerman and young standouts Bryan Reynolds and Jonathan Gomez in headlining the 26-player squad Gregg Berhalter has called into camp ahead of the December 18 friendly vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina in Carson, California.
“It’s been a great year for the group and our objective is to finish the year with a strong performance against Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Berhalter said. “As we look towards 2022, this camp gives us the opportunity to see some new faces and allows our core domestic players to maintain their fitness levels.”
The group also features several top young prospects, most notably Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, FC Dallas defender Justin Che and left back Jonathan Gomez, an 18-year-old dual national who is eligible to play for Mexico and was recently named the USL Championship’s Young Player of the Year ahead of a transfer to La Liga side Real Sociedad.
The squad also features several foreign-based prospects, including Bryan Reynolds, who has struggled for playing time with Serie A side AS Roma, Brazilian-based midfielder Johnny Cardoso and Bayern Munich prospect Taylor Booth.
Here is the full 26-player squad for the USMNT December camp:
USMNT December camp squad
GOALKEEPERS : John Pulskamp (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 12/0)
DEFENDERS : George Bello (Atlanta United; 5/0), Justin Che (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City; 0/0), Kobi Henry (Orange County SC; 0/0), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; 1/0), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 21/3), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United; 0/0), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 1/0), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 22/2)
MIDFIELDERS : Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 44/2), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 29/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 15/0)
FORWARDS : Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich II/GER; 0/0), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 4/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 39/10), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 6/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 65/14)