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Twenty-three players called to Biosteel USMNT training camp for Allstate Continental Clasico against Mexico


Chicago (April 12, 2023) – Twenty-three players have been called up to represent the US men’s national team at the inaugural Allstate Continental Clasico, where the USA will take on archrival Mexico on April 19 in Glendale, Arizona. The BioSteel training camp roster includes 10 players from the USMNT’s successful run at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while nine players come into camp with fewer than five USMNT appearances, including four young rising stars who will compete in next summer’s Olympics. Are age-appropriate for the Games.

The match will be broadcast live on TBS, Telemundo and Universo and streamed on HBO Max and Peacock. Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET, with kickoff set for 10:22 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the USMNT on Twitter (@USMNT), Instagram (@USMNT), Facebook and the official US Soccer app.

“We are delighted with the group we have put together. Whenever you get a chance to play against your closest rivals it is a special occasion, and we have players who understand what that rivalry is and We are ready to compete in the Allstate Continental Clásico,” said USMNT head coach Anthony Hudson. “This is another opportunity to build on the progress we’ve made over the past four years and get ready to defend our two CONCACAF titles this summer.”

With matches taking place outside the scheduled international calendar, clubs are not required to release players for national team duty. The USA’s roster for the Allstate Continental Clásico features 21 players based in the domestic competition and two plying their trade abroad: AC Milan defender Sergino Deste and FC Juárez midfielder Alan Sonora.

USMNT roster by position (club/country; cap/goal)

Goalkeeper (3): Drake Callender (Inter Miami; 0/0), Roman Celentano (FC Cincinnati; 0/0), Sean Johnson (Toronto FC/CAN; 11/0)

Defenders (9): Sergino Deste (AC Milan/ITA; 24/2), Aaron Long (LAFC; 31/3), Julian Greusel (Vancouver Whitecaps/CAN; 2/0), Matt Miazzaga (FC Cincinnati; 22/1), Shaq Moore ( Nashville SC; 17/1), Caleb Willey (Atlanta United; 0/0), Joshua Wyander (Louisville City; 0/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 77/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 39/3) ) )

Midfielders (6): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 57/2), Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 32/0), James Sands (New York City FC; 7/0), Alan Sonora (FC Juárez) /MEX; 2/0), Jackson Uille (San Jose Earthquakes; 16/0)

Next (5): Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; 50/10), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas; 17/7), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 51/11), Brandon Vazquez (FC Cincinnati ) 2/1)

rivalry renewed

North America’s greatest rivalry will take center stage in the inaugural edition of the Allstate Continental Clasico, as the USA and Mexico meet for the 75th time. Is undefeated in their last four matches against USA al tri And turned in three memorable wins in their last three meetings on home soil.

Two of those victories won continental championships for the USMNT — Thrilling CONCACAF Nations League Finals in June 2021an instant classic that included a Christian Pulisic game-winning goal and a heroic penalty kick save from substitute goalkeeper Ethan Horvath in extra time for a 3–2 victory, and Gold Cup Final in August 2021A 1–0 victory for the United States in extra time on a 117th-minute goal from defender Miles Robinson. In qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the USMNT added another chapter to the history of dos a cero With goals for Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie in November 2022.

The USMNT is 22–36–16 all-time versus Mexico, dating back to the 1934 series; However, the U.S. The team holds a strong 17–9–7 advantage since 2000. Thirteen players on the roster have won against the first al triWhile five were part of the final meeting, a crucial 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca during World Cup qualifying on March 24, 2022: defenders Aaron Long, DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman, midfielders Kellen Acosta and forward Jordan Morris.

return of world cup giants

Ten of the 26 players representing the US at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be in Arizona to face off against Mexico: goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defenders Sergio Dest, Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Walker Zimmerman and DeAndre Yedlin, midfielders Kellen Acosta and Cristian Roldan and forwards Jesús Ferreira and Jordan Morris.

Dest played a key role at right back in Qatar as one of eight American players to log over 300 minutes at the World Cup and started all four matches. Zimmerman was also a key contributor, appearing in every match and making a crucial goal line clearance late in the USMNT’s knockout round-clinching victory against Iran. Acosta and Morris each made two substitute appearances, while Ferreira started against the Netherlands in the round of 16.

Morris currently leads the MLS Golden Boot race with eight goals in seven games.

Young stars aim to make their mark

In addition to the World Cup veterans returning to the team, several young players will look to make an impact in the Allstate Continental Clásico. Three are eligible for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup: defenders Caleb Willey and Joshua Wyander plus forward Cade Cowell. That trio and midfielder Aidan Morris are eligible to represent the US at next summer’s Olympics in Paris, an under-23 competition for men’s soccer.

Wyander, 17, named 2022 Chipotle US Soccer Young Male Player of the Year, is the youngest player on the April roster and the first USL Championship player called up to the USMNT since defenders Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City) and Coby Henry . (Orange County SC) in December 2021. He is now seeking his full international debut alongside Willie, who is in the midst of a breakout season with Atlanta United. Aiden Morris earned his first cap against Serbia in January, while Cowell, who earned Insiders Man of the Match in that competition, already has two senior team caps to his name.

USMNT in AZ

The Americans are 4–1–2 all-time in Arizona and 3–1–1 when playing in Glendale. Most recently, the USA topped Panama 3–0 on January 27, 2019. The match was Greg Berhalter’s first as head coach of the USMNT, while midfielder Djordje Mihailović scored in his full international debut and Walker Zimmermann scored his second international goal.

The USMNT recently gathered in Grand Canyon State for a training camp ahead of the special January/February 2022 international window added to the FIFA calendar as part of the condensed World Cup qualifying programme.

Introduction to the Allstate Continental Classico

This USA–Mexico showdown marked the first edition of the Allstate Continental Clásico, a new annual event that features the USMNT hosting a top-tier opponent from North, Central or South America. The event, in partnership with US Soccer, demonstrates Allstate’s commitment to growing soccer in the United States.

The design and branding for the Allstate Continental Clásico was led by US Soccer’s brand and creative team. The logo draws inspiration from traditional American sports logos, while the font is a nod to Hispanic culture. The red lines represent the United States and the grey, the opponent.

USMNT Roster Notes:

  • The roster will have an average age of 25 years, 208 days as of the first day of training on April 17. The squad also averages 20 caps.
  • Deandre Yedlin (77 caps) is the most experienced international player on the roster, followed by Kellen Acosta (57), Jordan Morris (51), Paul Arriola (50), Walker Zimmerman (39), Cristian Roldan (32) and Aaron Long. (31).
  • Ten veterans of the 2022 FIFA World Cup have been called up: goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defenders Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Walker Zimmermann and DeAndre Yedlin, midfielders Kellen Acosta and Cristian Roldan and forwards Jesús Ferreira and Jordan Morris.
  • 20 of the 23 players come from MLS clubs, with the squad rounded out by Sergio Daest (AC Milan; Italian Serie A), Alan Sonora (FC Juárez; Liga MX) and Joshua Wyander (Louisville City; USL Championship) .
  • With three selections, FC Cincinnati leads the list of 12 MLS clubs represented on the US roster, followed by FC Dallas (2), Inter Miami (2), LAFC (2), Nashville SC (2), San Jose Earthquake is the location of (2). , Seattle Sounders (2), Atlanta United (1), Columbus Crew (1), New York City FC (1), Toronto FC (1), and Vancouver Whitecaps (1).
  • Three players will attend their first senior team camp: defenders Caleb Willey and Joshua Wyander and goalkeeper Drake Callender. He joins goalkeeper Roman Celentano ahead of the January camp as he looks to make his first senior team appearance this month.
  • Roman Celentano comes into the USMNT camp tied for the MLS lead in clean sheets with five.
  • A finalist for the 2022 Chipotle US Soccer Young Male Player of the Year, 17-year-old Joshua Wyander is the youngest player on the April roster and the first USL Championship player called up to the USMNT since defenders Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City) and Coby Henry Is. (Orange County SC) in December 2021.
  • Should he play, Wyander will become the first US-based, non-MLS player to appear for the USMNT since Gomez made his international debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 18, 2021, the official day of his transfer to Real Sociedad. a few weeks before it happened.
  • Defender Matt Miazga will feature in his first USMNT camp since June 2021. A veteran with 21 caps, the 27-year-old last appeared as a substitute in a 1-0 win against Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals.
  • Midfielder James Sands has returned to the USMNT camp for the first time since March 2022 and will look to make his first appearance since September 8, 2021 in Honduras in World Cup qualifying.
  • Midfielder Jackson Uille made his first camp appearance since January 2022. He last played on December 18, 2021, in a 1-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Three players who made their USMNT debuts in the 2023 opener against Serbia return for this month’s match, joining goalkeeper Brandon Vazquez as defender Julian Greusel and midfielder Aidan Morris.
  • With four assists to his name, Julian Greusel is sitting once behind the league lead seven weeks into the MLS season.
  • Cade Cowell, who earned US Soccer Insiders man of the match in the Serbia game, joins Caleb Willey and Joshua Wyander as the three players on the roster who are also age-eligible for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Thirteen players in previous appearances against Mexico are: DeAndre Yedlin (9), Kellen Acosta (6), Jordan Morris (4), Aaron Long (3), Cristian Roldan (3), Walker Zimmerman (3), Sergio Dest (2). ), Matt Miazga (2), Sheik Moore (2), Jesus Ferreira (1), James Sands (1), Jackson Uyle (1).
  • Should he play on April 19, Yedlin will become the 13th USMNT player to score in double figures against Mexico.
  • Five players appeared in the last match against El Tri, an important 0–0 draw at Estadio Azteca on March 24, 2022. DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman started the game, and Kellyn Acosta, Aaron Long and Jordan Morris came off the bench to help. USA earns a vital point in World Cup qualifying.
  • Currently leading the MLS Golden Boot race with eight goals, Jordan Morris scored his first international goal against Mexico, netting the eventual game winner in a 2–0 win against El Tri at the Alamodome in San Antonio on April 15, 2015. Did.
  • DeAndre Yedlin and Kellen Acosta both provided assists in the championship matches against Mexico. Yedlin set up Bobby Wood’s 108th-minute equalizer in the CONCACAF Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on October 10, 2015. Six years later, Acosta headed home a CONCACAF free kick in the 117th minute for Miles Robinson. The Gold Cup on August 1, 2021 at Allegiant Field in Las Vegas.
  • Sergiño Dest made his USMNT debut on September 6, 2019 against Mexico in East Rutherford, NJ
  • Walker Zimmerman scored his second international goal at Glendale’s State Farm Stadium, heading home a cross from Nick Lima in the 80th minute of a 3–0 win against Panama on January 27, 2019.

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