For the first time in more than nine months, the U.S. men's national soccer team will play a game when it takes on Wales in a friendly at Craven Cottage in London, England on Thursday.
And, let's just say, coach Gregg Berhalter's roster looks vastly different from the one he had back in February. For starters, it is comprised completely of players who are based in Europe, whereas his squad nine months ago was comprised of players from Major League Soccer teams.
Of the 24 players called into this camp, as many as 10 could make their USMNT debuts Thursday or when the team plays Panama on Monday. Among those is Gio Reyna, son of former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, who will turn 18 on Friday. Gio Reyna has emerged as a regular starter for Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga. Joining him are a host of young up-and-comers, with the roster's average age at 21 years, 300 days.
Unfortunately for the U.S. star midfielder Christian Pulisic will not play against Wales or Panama after injuring his hamstring on Oct. 31.
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
TV channel: FS1 (Spanish language: UniMás)
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Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, 25, had made 17 appearances for the U.S. national team. (Photo: Rob Kinnan, USA TODAY Sports)
Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Belgium), Chituru Odunze (Leicester, England), Zack Steffen (Manchester City, England)
Defenders: John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Germany), Reggie Cannon (Boavista, Portugal), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona, Spain), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht, Belgium), Tim Ream (Fulham, England), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Germany), Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England)
Midfielders: Tyler Adams (Leipzig, Germany), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional, Brazil), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Weston McKennie (Juventus, Italy), Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton, England)
Forwards: Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, Spain), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen, France), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Uly Llanez (Heerenveen, Netherlands), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany), Sebastian Soto (Telstar, Netherlands), Tim Weah (Lille, France)
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