USMNT roster vs Mexico: Dest in, Zendejas out of USMNT squad for April 2023 Football friendly


The USA men’s national team will renew its border rivalry with CONCACAF foes Mexico in the first annual Continental Clasico from Glendale, Arizona on Wednesday, April 19.

An international friendly does not fall within FIFA’s international window, meaning clubs do not have to release players for duty. Interim head coach Anthony Hudson therefore put together a roster of almost all domestic players, with only one player from an overseas club.

Still, the USMNT will use this game for valuable minutes to get a feel for the depth of their squad at the start of a new World Cup cycle ahead of the next event in 2026.

In addition, it gives Hudson a chance to continue building his resume for a potential push for a permanent USA head coaching job should he want the job, which he has so far declined questions about. Hudson managed the USA well even in the absence of a permanent head coach and athletic director.

Finally, games against Mexico always matter. With the two teams set to meet in a competitive CONCACAF Nations League semi-final this summer, it serves as a harbinger of this high-stakes encounter.

USA roster vs Mexico for April soccer friendly

Pos Player Club Caps Goals
GK Drake Callender Inter Miami (USA) 0 0
GK Roman Celentano FC Cincinnati (USA) 0 0
GK Sean Johnson Toronto FC (CAN) 11 0
DEF Sergino Dest AC Milan (ITA) 24 2
DEF Aaron Long LAFC (USA) 31 3
DEF Julian Gressel Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN) 2 0
DEF Matt Miazga FC Cincinnati (USA) 22 1
DEF Shaq Moore Nashville SC (USA) 17 1
DEF Caleb Wiley Atlanta United (USA) 0 0
DEF Josh Wynder Louisville City (USA) 0 0
DEF DeAndre Yedlin Inter Miami (USA) 77 0
DEF Walker Zimmerman Nashville SC (USA) 39 3
MID Kellyn Acosta LAFC (USA) 57 2
MID Aidan Morris Columbus Crew (USA) 2 0
MID Paxton Pomykal FC Dallas (USA) 2 0
MID Cristian Roldan Seattle Sounders (USA) 32 0
MID James Sands NYCFC (USA) 7 0
MID Alan Sonora FC Juarez (MEX) 2 0
MID Jackson Yueill San Jose Earthquakes (USA) 16 0
FWD Paul Arriola FC Dallas (USA) 50 10
FWD Cade Cowell San Jose Earthquakes (USA) 2 0
FWD Jesus Ferreira FC Dallas (USA) 17 7
FWD Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders (USA) 51 11
FWD Brandon Vazquez FC Cincinnati (USA) 2 1


Source: The Sporting news

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