USA v Brazil: international friendly – live! | Football
September 7, 2018
Still waiting on confirmed team news, but here’s the roster for this pair of friendlies for the USA:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 3/0)
DEFENDERS (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 33/3), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 4/0), Eric Lichaj (Hull City/ENG; 15/1), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 7/1), Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 2/0), Tim Parker (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 2/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 52/0)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 17/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 5/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 16/2), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 10/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 3/1), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 4/1), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 3/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; 3/1)
FORWARDS (3): Andrija Novakovich (Fotuna Sittard/NED; 2/0), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 39/12), Gyasi Zardes (38/6; Columbus Crew SC)
Interesting to see what Sarachan goes for, particularly in defense. There’ve been a lot of calls for him to start with John Brooks and Matt Miazga, as those two look the most likely to be sustained starters in their positions for much of this cycle. Miazga has made a good start at Nantes to build on the promise he first showed at New York Red Bulls (and which earned him a spot on the asteroid storm of loanees that orbits Chelsea). Funnily enough, the two current center back starters for the Red Bulls, Aaron Long and Tim Parker, are in the roster — though are probably here more for experience than significant game time — though Parker showed well against France and may get another look.
Wil Trapp has tended to captain the team when he’s called up and may well do so again tonight, while his Columbus Crew SC team mate Zach Steffen is likely to cement his spot as the future number one choice as goalkeeper.
The third member of the Crew SC trio called up for this series may get a start too. Gyassi Zardes has been in fine form since moving from LA, but he’s been something of an enigma as an international — and perhaps won’t have that many more chances to convince coaches he can build on the raw promise he showed as a homegrown player for LA Galaxy.