Tim Parker is seeking his first cap with the USMNT. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Several familiar names, including Red Bulls past and present, have been named to the U.S. national team’s roster for its June friendlies in Europe.
Red Bulls center back Tim Parker and midfielder Tyler Adams were selected by head coach Dave Sarachan and ex-New York defender Matt Miazga also got the call for the games against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin June 2 and France June 9 in Lyon.
One-time B.W. Gottschee standout Tim Weah, fresh off his first international goal in his first start in the USMNT’s 3-0 win over Bolivia Wednesday night, also was chosen.
Sarachan also called up goalkeepers Zack Steffen and William Yarbrough, defenders Shaq Moore and DeAndre Yedlin, midfielders Luca de la Torre, Kenny Saief and Wil Trapp and forward Bobby Wood.
Seven players who were part of the MNT roster leading up to Monday’s match against Bolivia have departed camp: Alex Bono, Alejandro Guido, Lynden Gooch, Ethan Horvath, Matt Olosunde, Christian Pulisic and Walker Zimmerman.
Adams and Parker will depart for the national team camp Tuesday and return after the match against France. Both players will miss league road matches against New England (June 2) and Columbus (June 9) and the Red Bulls’ Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against New York City FC at Red Bull Arena June 6.
With the changes, the average age of the MNT roster that will travel to Dublin on Tuesday night rises to 23 years, 102 days.
“We’re excited about the chance to add some of the veterans from Europe as well as the younger guys in MLS who have been part of our group since November,” Sarachan said. “The games against Ireland and France will bring increasingly more difficult challenges, so we felt it was important to bring in some players that offer a bit more experience. These matches will provide another big development opportunity for these players who are growing in their international careers.”
The U.S. faces Ireland on Saturday, June 2 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás, UDN). A week later, the U.S. takes on star-studded France in Les Bleus’ final match before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff for the June 9 clash at Groupama Stadium in Lyon is set for 3 p.m. ET (ESPN, UniMás).
The roster (club; caps/goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 5/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 2/0), William Yarbrough (Club León/MEX; 3/0)
DEFENDERS (9) : Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 15/1), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 5/1), Shaq Moore (Levante/ESP; 0/0), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City/ENG; 1/0), Tim Parker (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 17/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 50/0)
MIDFIELDERS (10) Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 3/0), Joe Corona (Club America/MEX; 21/3), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; 0/0) Julian Green (Stuttgart/GER; 9/3), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 2/1), Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR; 1/0), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/0), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 2/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 4/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 2/1)
FORWARDS (3) : Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG; 2/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 1/1), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 37/11)