The USMNT will launch its annual January campground from January 7 to 21, giving home players a chance to stay fit and out of season and impress head coach Greg Berhalter to win a place on the World Cup qualifying team later in the month.
Berhalter called 19 players, all from Major League Soccer clubs, to a two-week camp in Phoenix, Arizona. Players have international experience ranging from hatless veterans to graying veterans, and everyone will have the opportunity to stay fit, impress the coaching team and be considered for the profession before the next round of CONCACAF qualifiers.
“Our goal for the next two weeks is to prepare home players for inclusion in the World Cup qualifying training camp,” Berhalter said in an official issue of US Soccer. “This upcoming window presents an opportunity to move closer to our ultimate goal of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.”
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USMNT roster for camp in January 2022
Goalkeepers (3): Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Defenders (6): George Bello (Atlanta United), DeJuan Jones (New England Revolution), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids), Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal), Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
Forwards (4): Paul Arriola (DC United), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)
USMNT Qualifications Schedule
Another list of US World Cup qualifiers will include two massive home games: against El Salvador in Columbus (January 27) and against Honduras in St. Petersburg. Paul in Minnesota (February 2). Among these key matches is a showdown against the growing force and qualifying leader Canada (January 30).
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The USA is second in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table, one point behind Canada and one point ahead of Mexico and Panama.
There are six games left in the qualifying cycle, with the top three teams automatically receiving tickets to the World Championships in Qatar and the team in fourth place securing the promotion to the intercontinental playoffs against the winner from the Oceania region.
The main points of the US list
Due to the fact that Major League Soccer is currently out of season, a total of 19 players were brought to the camp, all from MLS.
The most played player in the field is Columbus Crew striker Gyasi Zardes, who has 66 national team appearances, while Colorado Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta with 45 and DC United winger Paul Arriola with 42 national teams are also part of the group leader.
Established novice defender Miles Robinson was included to keep fit, while Jordan Morris struggled to continue his quest to reach the top after returning from the ACL.
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Players who haven’t made it to the senior team yet and have a chance to catch up are Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina and New England Revolution defender DeJuan Jones.
☀️ 19 players head to Phoenix for the January prep camp 🌵
– US Soccer MNT (@USMNT) January 6, 2022