Here are some facts, figures and information about the players who were called into U.S. men’s national team camp.
This information was compilied by U.S. Soccer.
As of Jan. 7, the 19-player training camp roster will have an average age of 25 years, 205 days.
The roster averages 20 caps and 11 in official competition.
Thirteen MLS clubs are represented. Atlanta United and New England Revolution leading the way with three selections each, followed by Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders (2 each); CF Montreal, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Nashville, SC New York City FC, New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes (1 each).
Thirteen players were part of the USMNT’s December camp, with 11 appearing in the USMNT’s 1-0 friendly win against Bosnia and Herzegovina last month: Kellyn Acosta, Cole Bassett, George Bello, Jesús Ferreira, Brooks Lennon, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan, Matt Turner, Jackson Yueill, Gyasi Zardes and Walker Zimmerman.
Defender Aaron Long and goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina also took part in December camp but did not appear in the match.
Ten players have appeared during the team’s eight World Cup qualifying matches thus far: Kellyn Acosta (7), Miles Robinson (6), Matt Turner and Walker Zimmerman (5 each); Sebastian Lletget and Cristian Roldan (4 each); Paul Arriola and Gyasi Zardes (3 each); George Bello and Jesús Ferreira (2 each)
Those players account for 30 percent of the total minutes played during the USMNT’s current qualifying campaign.
Djordje Mihailovic returns to USMNT camp for the first time since January 2021. The 23-year-old midfielder appeared in all 34 regular season matches in his first season with CF Montréal, finishing second in MLS with 16 assists to go with four goals.
Making his USMNT debut on Jan. 27, 2019 against Panama, Mihailovic scored the team’s first goal under Gregg Berhalter, opening the scoring in the 3-0 win.
Back-to-back MLS Defender of the Year winner Walker Zimmerman also scored the second goal in Berhalter’s first match on Jan. 27, 2019 in Phoenix.
New England Revolution left back DeJuan Jones is the sole first-time call up to USMNT camp. The 23-year-old had a breakout year in 2021, starting 29 of 31 appearances while adding three goals and five assists to help the Revs to the MLS Supporters Shield.
Three players that earned their first USMNT camp appearance last month return for the preparation camp. Midfielder Cole Bassett came off the bench to score the late winner against Bosnia and Herzegovina, right back Brooks Lennon went 90 minutes in his long-awaited USMNT debut, and 17-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina stood in reserve of Matt Turner for the match.
Atlanta United full back Brooks Lennon hails from nearby Paradise Valley, Ariz., and spent three years in the Real Salt Lake-Arizona academy before signing with the first team in 2017.
Matt Turner comes off a milestone year for country and club. He wrote his name into the team’s history books, setting a new mark with nine shutouts in 2021, while his 13 appearances were the most by a USMNT goalkeeper during their debut year. Backstopping the USA to the 2021 Gold Cup and New England Revolution to the Supporters Shield, Turner also earned top goalkeeping honors from both competitions, as well as MLS All-Star Game MVP.
In recognition of their performances overall, three players – Turner, Acosta, and Robinson – were nominated for the 2021 U.S. Soccer BioSteel Male Player of the Year award, while George Bello and Jesús Ferreira were also nominated for the 2021 U.S. Soccer Chipotle Young Male Player of the Year.
Veteran goalkeeper Sean Johnson returns to camp after helping New York City FC claim the club’s first MLS Cup last month. Following a 1-1 draw, Johnson earned MVP honors after making two saves during NYCFC’s shootout win at the Portland Timbers.
Having made his USMNT debut back in January 2011, Johnson is one of nine players to earn their first cap during the annual January camp: George Bello and Matt Turner (2021), Jesús Ferreira (2020), Djordje Mihailovic (2019), Sebastian Lletget and Walker Zimmerman (2017); Kellyn Acosta (2016), Gyasi Zardes (2015), Johnson (2011).
Jordan Morris made his first USMNT appearance in more than two years in last month’s friendly win against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The veteran USMNT winger returned from a torn ACL suffered last winter during a loan stint with Swansea last winter and missed out on matches during the COVID-shortened campaign in 2020.
Veteran defender Aaron Long participates in third consecutive USMNT camp. Continuing his recovery from a ruptured Achilles suffered last May, the center back was invited to rehab alongside the USMNT during the team’s November camp before reintegrating back into full training during last month’s camp.