Gio Reyna, Zack Steffen and Aaron Long are set for their returns to the U.S. men’s national team as part of the 27-man roster called in for the upcoming March qualifiers, but Sergino Dest’s availability remains in doubt.
Reyna and Steffen are among the 27 players called in by Gregg Berhalter for Concacaf qualifiers against Mexico (March 24), Panama (March 27) and Costa Rica (March 30), joining standouts Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams in the squad.
Reyna has not appeared for the USMNT since the Octagonal-opening draw against El Salvador last September.
Steffen missed the most recent trio of qualifiers due to back spasms, but has recovered in time to be part of the March roster, which is welcome news to Gregg Berhalter considering Matt Turner will miss the March qualifiers due to a foot injury.
Long is officially part of his first roster since suffering a torn Achilles last May, and is in line to make his first World Cup Qualifying appearance. Long, Erik Palmer-Brown and James Sands were among the central defenders chosen for the squad, with veteran John Brooks excluded yet again despite being in good form by Wolfsburg.
Sergiño Dest is listed on the roster, but his status is in doubt after he left Thursday’s Europa League match for Barcelona with an apparent leg injury.
The USMNT is already set to be without star midfielder Weston McKennie, who is out with a broken foot.
Jordan Pefok is the most in-form American striker in Europe, and his six goals in seven matches for Swiss side Young Boys helped him earn a call-up, beating out Josh Sargent.
Here is the full 27-man roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 7/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 26/0),
DEFENDERS (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 24/1), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 17/2), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 21/3), Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes/FRA; 2/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 22/2), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 17/3), James Sands (Rangers/SCO; 7/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 71/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 25/3)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 48/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 24/1), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; 8/0), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED; 5/0), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 13/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 31/0)
FORWARDS (9): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 18/5), Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; 43/8), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 7/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 43/10), Jordan Pefok (Young Boys/SUI; 8/1), Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg/GER; 9/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 45/18), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund; 9/4), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 20/2)