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USMNT roster: Three things to watch including battle for Alejandro Zendejas, Brandon Vazquez at striker

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United States The January camp of the men’s national team will look a bit different than in years past, not only because it’s after the winter World Cup, but also because there’s a temporary coach and some of the usual suspects might be out due to a compressed pre-season. As a rule, MLS players and some other names participate in the January camp, which may not be in favor with European clubs, so sometimes they are released during a period not sanctioned by FIFA. Brian Reynolds was an example of a European name that made it last January as he didn’t have time to play with Roma. Now on loan (injured) at Westerlo at Belgiumthis time they won’t let him go.

Due to the ongoing American football investigation in Gregg Berhalter, Anthony Hudson to become interim coach for this team, which makes the camp even more unique. Players can usually use the camp as a chance to impress the national team coach ahead of the upcoming matches, but not knowing who that coach will be means that good performances cannot continue until now. With the Seattle Sounders in the Club World Cup and other teams like LAFC and Philadelphia. Union in preparation for the CONCACAF Champions League, their players may choose not to participate, providing Hudson with a modified group to work with.

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One of the benefits for young players is that U-20 coach Mikey Varas will be there, giving them a chance to make an impression at the U-20 World Cup or the Olympics. The full camp roster is expected to be unveiled Wednesday at noon ET, according to US Soccer.

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The team will face Serbia January 25 and Colombia January 28th as their competitive matches, but before that, here are a few things to look out for in the roster.

1. Invasion of Alejandro Zendejas

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According to Hercules GomezAlejandro Zendejas is expected to be called to the camp, which we hope will end FIFA is investigating his eligibility. The Club America midfielder represented the United States and Mexico at youth level, but it was not clear if he applied for a one-time transfer to represent Mexico despite appearing in exhibition games for El Tri. The 24-year-old would have been tied to Mexico if that transfer had been filed, but without it, he could represent the United States.

Able to play both on the wing and as an attacking midfielder, Zendejas’ star is rising in Liga MX and has scored six goals and two assists in 21 games this season. It can currently be upgraded to deeper options with the senior team to allow more room for rotation in tournaments, avoiding team fatigue like in the World Cup against Netherlands. Berhalter was expected to call out Zendejas after the World Championship, so it only makes sense that even without him, he would be included.

2. Another crack in the striker

Brandon Vasquez is another name reported to have been on the list. Vazquez had a chance to be named to the World Champions after scoring 19 goals. FC Cincinnati last season and had eight more assists. Vazquez, also eligible for Mexico, left his options open to both federations, but only the United States called him up, despite both teams having trouble with the nine.

Vasquez’s physical presence in the box may look different than Josh Sargent, Ricardo Pepior Jesus Ferreira. He can also play with a team mate, which gives the United States flexibility in different formations. With another strong season, Vasquez could be in Europe, so the USMNT will do well to secure his future before the move to Europe really throws him into the mix for a starting nine.

3. The chances of impressing bigger names are likely non-existent.

If players like Kelly Acosta, Jordan Morrisand Christian Roldan not on the team due to club obligations, it will be an opportunity for others in the pool. The federation knows what it has in this trio, but the players love it Eric Williamson, Paxton Pushedand Aidan Morris everyone could push the midfield forward. January camp is supposed to be a time to try something new with players the federation can’t regularly train with, and by updating the necessary positions, USMNT can ensure that no stone is left untouched in the critical cycle leading up to the 2026 World Cup.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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