Aaron Long has been nothing but stellar for the Red Bulls this season. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. – Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams and defender Aaron Long Monday were called into the U.S. national team roster for two October friendlies against Colombia and Peru.
Adams and Long will report to camp in Tampa, Fla. Sunday following the Red Bulls’ match in San Jose Saturday night. The U.S. will face Colombia Oct. 11 in Tampa before hosting Peru in East Hartford, Conn. Oct. 16.
Adams, 19, scored his first international goal in the U.S.’ 2-0 win over Mexico Sept. 11, in his seventh cap. He has been involved in every USMNT match since getting his first cap last November against Portugal.
Long, 25, earned a return trip to USMNT camp after getting his first call-up in September.
The Oak Hills, Calif. native was converted from a midfielder to a center back after arriving in Red Bulls camp in 2015. Long was honored as the 2016 USL defender of the year before transitioning seamlessly to MLS, where he has established himself as a key piece of a defense that has recorded 13 shutouts this season and has allowed a league-low 32 goals in 31 games.
“It was difficult in the last set of games to include all of our players, and at center back we had a number of guys in with us,” U.S. interim head coach Dave Sarachan said.
“In a 10-day camp, Aaron showed well even though he didn’t get an opportunity in those games. He’s consistently shown his abilities with his club, and after his showing last month we felt he warranted another look for these matches.”