Aaron Long (right) has accrued 16 caps with the USMNT. (Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson and Red Bulls center back Aaron long were among 25 players called into the U.S. men’s national team January camp, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.
The USMNT will train and played closed-door scrimmages at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar, Jan. 5-25 before returning to Los Angeles to face CONCACAF rival Costa Rica at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Feb. 1.
The January camp, along with the friendlies against Costa Rica and away to the Netherlands in March, are the prelude to a pair of competitions. Having won its group, the USMNT advanced to the final four of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League, where it will face Honduras in a semifinal in the first week in June. The winner moves on to the championship match three days later against the winner of Mexico-Costa Rica.
The road to Qatar begins with the start of the Hexagonal a six-team group that will play a round-robin format to determine the three automatic entrants from the region for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The participants in the Hex will be determined by the June edition of the FIFA rankings, and the first six matches will be played on double-dates during the windows in September, October and November.
“At the start of an exciting year, this is a great opportunity to continue our process and build on the foundation established in the last 12 months,” head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “At the same, there are a number of players getting their first exposure to the senior national team who will be provided the platform to make a positive impression. We appreciate all the support and cooperation from MLS and the clubs that released their players and gave us a chance to get a head start on the challenges ahead.”
The U.S. roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 6/0), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; 0/0), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 10/0), Chase Gasper (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 16/3), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 11/2)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Christian Cappis (Hobro/DEN; 0/0), Bryang Kayo (Unattached; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 13/2), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; 1/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 19/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 6/0)
FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 32/5), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 5/0), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg/GER; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 39/10), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 55/12)