Here are some interesting facts and figures of the U.S. men’s national team’s Concacaf Gold Cup roster, as provided by U.S. Soccer.
* As of the first day of training on July 6, the 23-player roster will hold an average age of 24 years, 335 days, with nine players age 23 and younger.
* Players on the roster average 13 caps overall and five caps in official competition.
* Nineteen of the 23 players represent a total of 13 different clubs in Major League Soccer. Atlanta United and Colorado Rapids lead the way with three players each, followed by D.C. United, New York City FC (2 each); Columbus Crew, LA Galaxy, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, Orlando City SC, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City (1 each).
* Defenders Reggie Cannon (Boavista; Portugal) and Shaq Moore (Tenerife; Spain) and forwards Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen; France) and Matthew Hoppe (Schalke; Germany) make up the European-based contingent.
With three tournament rosters each, goalkeepers Brad Guzan (2007, 2015, 2017), Sean Johnson (2013, 2017, 2019) and forward Gyasi Zardes (2015, 2017, 2019), headline a list of nine players who have previously taken part in the Gold Cup. They are followed by two-time selections Paul Arriola and Cristian Roldan (both 2017, 2019), as well as Kellyn Acosta (2017), Reggie Cannon, Jonathan Lewis and Walker Zimmerman (all 2019).
* Six players have been part of Gold Cup championship squads: Brad Guzan and Sean Johnson (2 each); Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Cristian Roldan, and Gyasi Zardes (1 each)
* On the flip side, 12 players have a chance to make their first appearances in official competition for the USMNT: George Bello, Gianluca Busio, Daryl Dike, Nicholas Gioacchini, Matthew Hoppe, Shaq Moore, Donovan Pines, Miles Robinson, James Sands, Matt Turner, Sam Vines and Eryk Williamson.
* Four players were part of the U.S. squad that won the inaugural Concacaf Nations League championship earlier this summer: Kellyn Acosta, Reggie Cannon, Sebastian Lletget and Jackson Yueill.
* All four players – along with Daryl Dike and Walker Zimmerman – appeared in the 4-0 win against Costa Rica on June 9, with Cannon and Dike scoring their first international goals in the match. Additionally, Matthew Hoppe was part of the USMNT matchday squad on May 30 at Switzerland.
* Sporting KC midfielder Gianluca Busio and NYCFC defender James Sands are the two players on the roster to earn their first USMNT call ups. Sands will turn 21 on July 6, the day of his first USMNT training session.
* Nicholas Gioacchini is the other player in the Gold Cup team with Kansas City ties. The French-based forward was born in the City of Fountains before moving with his family to Italy at age eight.
* The 20-year-old Gioacchini made the most of his debut camp last November, scoring two goals in his first start (second cap) to help the USMNT to a 6-2 comeback victory against Panama on Nov. 16, 2020, in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Gioacchini also registered an assist on Sebastian Lletget’s 83rd minute strike in the 4-1 win against Jamaica on March 25, 2021, in Wiener Neustadt.
* Shaq Moore earns his first USMNT call-up since November 2018. With five international appearances to his name, the 26-year-old right back comes to his first camp under Gregg Berhalter after making 41 league appearances with Tenerife during the 2020-21 Spanish Segunda campaign.
* A veteran of the USA’s 2015 U-20 World Cup side, Moore last appeared in the USMNT’s 1-0 defeat to Italy on Nov. 20, 2018 in Genk, Belgium.
* With 11 straight appearances, Sebastian Lletget has played in every match the last two calendar years. The veteran midfielder has registered five goals and one assist in that time.
* Lletget is tied with Kellyn Acosta for most USMNT appearances in 2021 (7) and with Gio Reyna for most goals by a USMNT player this year (3).
* Gyasi Zardes’ team-leading 16 Gold Cup caps currently place him in a tie with Kyle Beckerman and Pablo Mastroeni for 10th on the USMNT’s all-time Gold Cup appearances list.
* Since 2018, Zardes leads all U.S.-eligible players in MLS with 47 goals. The veteran striker also sits eighth all-time on the USMNT’s Gold Cup scoring list with four goals.
* After a loan stint during which he helped Barnsley earn a place in the EFL Championship Promotion Playoffs, Daryl Dike bagged his first two goals since returning to Orlando City SC in last week’s 5-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes. Dike – who is in his second professional season — has 19 goals in 39 league appearances between Orlando City (10 goals / 20 games) and Barnsley (9 goals / 19 games).
Midfielder Cristian Roldan made his international debut during the 2017 Gold Cup, starting the team’s 3-2 win against Martinique on July 12, 2017, in Tampa. The USA will play Martinique on July 15, three days after the four-year anniversary of that match.
* Five players will have the opportunity to earn their USMNT debuts during the Gold Cup: Gianluca Busio, Matthew Hoppe, Donovan Pines, James Sands and Eryk Williamson.