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USMNT announces 24-man roster for January friendlies vs. Serbia, Colombia

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USMNT Announces 24-Man Roster for January Friendlies originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup cycle is approaching.

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The U.S. men’s team on Wednesday announced the 24-man squad for the upcoming friendly against Serbia and Colombia in Los Angeles.

Eleven players from the squad have received their first call-ups to the national team, and five players are returning from the squad for the 2022 World Cup. Anthony Hudson is interim manager in place of Gregg Berhalter.

Here’s a look at 24 players along with their caps:

Goalkeepers

  • Sean Johnson (free agent, 10 matches)

  • Gaga Slonina (on loan from Chelsea to Chicago Fire, 0)

  • Roman Celentano (Cincinnati, 0)

Defenders

  • Jonathan Gomez (Real Sociedad, 1)

  • Julian Gressel (Vancouver Whitecaps, 0)

  • DeJohn Jones (English)New England Revolution0)

  • Aaron Long (English)LAFC29)

  • Jalen Neal (English)Los Angeles Galaxy0)

  • Sam Rogers (Rosenborg, 0)

  • John Tolkien (New York Red Bulls, 0)

  • Walker Zimmerman (Nashville, 37)

Midfielders

  • Paxten Aaronsohn (Eintracht Frankfurt, 0)

  • Kellyn Acosta (LAFC, 55)

  • Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew, 0/0)

  • Paxton Pomykal (Dallas, 1)

  • Alan Sonora (free agent, 0)

  • Eric Williamson (Portland Timbers, 4)

forwards

  • Paul Arriola (ur.FC Dallas48)

  • Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes, 1)

  • Jesus Ferreira (Dallas, 16)

  • Matthew Hoppe (Middlesbrough, 6 years old)

  • Emmanuel Sabbi (Odense, 0)

  • Brandon Vasquez (Cincinnati, 0)

  • Alejandro Zendejas (Club America, 0)

Some of the prominent USMNT players overseas such as Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah & Co. do not play in January as FIFA does not recognize these games on its international calendar, giving the program an opportunity to analyze US-based young talent. The MLS season does not start until end of February.

With training camp starting on January 21st, some youngsters could stand out and become key players in the USMNT throughout the 2026 cycle. Since 1999, 30 players who have either debuted or earned a second cap in the first camp of the new cycle have entered the World Cup squad.

In Qatar, nine players such as Adams, Brenden Aaronson, Matt Turner and others made it through the January training camp.

The game in Serbia starts on January 25 at 10:00 pm ET, while the competition in Colombia starts on January 28 at 7:30 pm ET.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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