PA HOMEBOY CHRISTIAN PULISIC ON USA ROSTER FOR COPA — DUH!

By Jenny Masters

The U.S. men’s national team training camp roster ahead of the Copa America is filled with veterans of the 2022 World Cup.

The roster has 18 players who were a part of the tournament in Qatar two years ago, including stars Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Gio Reyna and Tim Weah.

Gregg Berhalter also opted for experience down the depth chart, however, most notably with goalkeeper Sean Johnson and right back Shaq Moore. That hints that this summer’s Olympic tournament likely influenced this roster for younger players who are on the fringe of this U.S. team, including left winger Kevin Paredes, goalkeeper Patrick Schulte and right back Bryan Reynolds. Moore essentially steps into the roster spot vacated by starter Sergiño Dest after Dest suffered a torn ACL during training with PSV a few weeks ago.

The roster will have an average age of 25 years, 202 days as of the first day of training on May 29.

The Copa America roster can include just 26 players, so one player from the friendlies against Colombia on June 8 and Brazil on June 12 will not make the squad for the summer tournament. The announcement of that final roster will be made sometime after the Brazil friendly.

Those friendlies will present huge tests for the U.S. The U.S. are facing the two teams against which they have the longest winless streaks in program history: Brazil (11 games) and Colombia (seven games).

Should they both appear in one of the June friendlies, Malik and Timmy Tillman would become the ninth set of brothers to play for the USMNT in the same match, and the first since Ken and Steve Snow against Costa Rica on June 14, 1988. The Tillmans became the 10th set of brothers to appear for the USMNT upon Timmy’s debut this past January against Slovenia.

USMNT training camp roster

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Cardiff City), Sean Johnson (Toronto FC), Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest)

Defenders (9): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic), Kristoffer Lund (Palermo), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC), Tim Ream (Fulham), Chris Richards (Crystal Palace), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (FC Cincinnati), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Midfielders (8): Tyler Adams (Bournemouth), Johnny Cardoso (Real Betis), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (AC Milan), Gio Reyna (Nottingham Forest), Malik Tillman (PSV Eindhoven), Timmy Tillman (LAFC)

Forwards (7): Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin), Folarin Balogun (Monaco), Ricardo Pepi (PSV Eindhoven), Christian Pulisic (AC Milan), Josh Sargent (Norwich City), Tim Weah (Juventus), Haji Wright (Coventry City)

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