The United States Men’s National Team advanced to the Gold Cup final where they fell to Mexico 1-0. This post will dive into who should be the 23 guys to lead this team after this Gold Cup. The formation being played is a 4-2-3-1, please note that this is disregarding all injuries and the starters are in bold.
Goalkeepers: Zack Steffen, Ethan Horvath, Brad Guzan- Steffen is by far the best keeper in the pool, Horvath has promise and can be a solid backup. Guzan is here as the third goalie so he won’t see any pitch time but his leadership and experience could prove useful for the rest of this young side.
Left backs: Antonee Robinson and Greg Garza- Neither Ream nor Lovitz impressed in the Gold cup so they are now off the roster. Robinson is by far the best left back in the pool and Garza is one of the next best options. This shows the lack of quality left backs in the pool, let’s hope George Bello can develop sooner rather than later.
Center backs: John Brooks, Aaron Long, Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers- John Brooks has been a staple to this American back line and will continue to be one in the future. Aaron Long was named to the best 11 of the Gold Cup and rightfully so, his play earned him a starting spot. Miazga is a veteran with experience that can step in and start if need be. Cameron Carter-Vickers is more of a project with potential, but he will be able to learn from the three center backs ahead of him.
Right backs: DeAndre Yedlin and Reggie Cannon- Yedlin is the best right back in the pool, he is the most talented and experienced. Cannon played great during the gold cup which earned him the back up role behind Yedlin.
Central Midfielders: Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Kellyn Acosta, Joe Corona- McKennie and Adams would be a force to be reckoned with, this dynamic duo would be fun to watch. Acosta has given the USMNT good minutes before his injury and he is still young so he gets called up once again. Corona is interesting as he seems to struggle when he gets called up but he’s young and the 4th choice so it’s worth taking the chance of bringing him on the roster.
Left Midfielders/Wing: Tyler Boyd and Jonathon Amon- Boyd has some good showing when he played which adds to the mystery to why he was benched and not even used as a sub. Amon has talent but he is still raw, his potential earns him a roster spot.
Central Attacking Midfielders/Number 10s: Christian Pulisic and Julian Green- Pulisic is a no brainer however the backup spot is not so easy. Green has always played well when he gets called up so he is on the roster because of his production with the USMNT.
Right Midfielders/Wing: Timothy Weah and Paul Arriola- Weah is one of the key pieces to future success of the USMNT so he gets the starting nod now. Arriola had some good play in the Gold Cup, good enough to earn him the backup role behind Weah.
Strikers: Josh Sargent and Jozy Altidore- Similar to why Weah gets the starting nod Sargent is named the starter as the future is now. Altidore had some good play in the Gold Cup he created chances, and his hold up play was very good, which earns him the final roster spot.