Christian Pulisic will play for the U.S. national team for the first time since October. (FrontRowSoccer.com photo)
To say the U.S. national team that will play Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. is young is an understatement.
The average age of the 22 players selected by interim head coach Dave Sarachan is 22 years, 286 days.
Midfielder Christian Pulisic, 19, the 2017 U.S. Soccer male player of the year who performs for Borussia Dortmund, was named to the squad for the first time since the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing at Trinidad & Tobago in a qualifier Oct. 10.
“It’s no secret that Christian has a very bright future for many years to come with the U.S. men’s national team,” Sarachan said. “The opportunity to have him a part of any group that we assemble is very important, not just for him personally, but for this group going forward. It’s very good to have Christian back in the mix. It’s been a number of months and I think when you can add the quality he provides to any team, that’s a big bonus for the program.”
Former B.W. Gottschee player Tim Weah, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, also was chosen to the team.
“As I’ve talked about throughout this process, the theme is to offer opportunity to this younger generation of talented players that have potential down the road with the program,” Sarachan said. “We’ve had first-time call-ups in every camp since November, and this is another extension of that. We’re going into the Bolivia game with newer faces along with a few familiar players as well. Overall, these types of games provide great chances for players to bank key minutes in international matches.”
AFter the Bolivia match, Sarachan will make numerous changes to the roster before the MNT’s two-game set in Europe.
The USA will visit Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to face the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, June 2. A week later, the U.S. takes on France in Les Bleus’ final match before heading to Russia for the World Cup.
U.S. roster (club; caps/goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 5/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 14/1), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 5/1), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United/ENG; 0/0), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City/ENG; 0/0), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 0/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 16/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 20/3), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 3/0), Julian Green (Stuttgart/GER; 8/3), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana/MEX; 0/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 1/1), Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR; 0/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 20/9), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 1/0)
FORWARDS (2): Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG; 1/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 0/0)