USMNT calls 20 MLS players for Nations League pre-camp
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With just over two weeks before the U.S. men's national team gets back in action in the CONCACAF Nations League, head coach Gregg Berhalter called together a group of 20 MLS-based players for pre-camp training sessions.
The pre-camp is scheduled for Nov. 2-9 in Bradenton, Fla., and intended to sharpen the team as much as possible before the USMNT's next matchups: Nov. 15 against Canada and No. 19 versus Cuba.
"We have the opportunity to take advantage of the MLS post-season window to start preparations for the matches against Canada and Cuba," said Berhalter in a statement. "It's another week to keep progressing as a group as we focus on getting the results we need to advance to the knockout phase of the Nations League."
While European-based stars such as Christian Pulisic will not be able to take part, nor will members of the remaining MLS finalists -- Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders -- the camp roster includes members of all other MLS teams whose seasons have ended.
Players expected to rejoin the USMNT roster after the MLS season ends include Michael Bradley of Toronto FC as well as Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris from the Sounders.
In Group A standings thus far, Canada leads with a 3-0-0 mark, including its 2-0 win over the U.S. on Oct. 15. The Americans are second at 1-1-0, with Cuba having lost all three of its matches.
The complete camp roster:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Matt Turner (New England).
Defenders: Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Chase Gasper (Minnesota United FC), Nick Lima (San Jose), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles FC).
Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago), Wil Trapp (Columbus), Jackson Yueill (San Jose).
Forwards: Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus).