United States under-23 national team head coach Andi Herzog unveiled on Monday a 19-man roster for a pair of friendlies this week against the Brazilian U-23 national team, which are to serve as the Americans’ last tune-up ahead of a 2016 Olympic qualifying home-and-away showdown with Colombia.
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Headlining the roster are John Brooks and Julian Green, both of whom were once a significant piece of Jurgen Klinsmann’s senior team puzzle for both the present and future, but have since seen their stock drop considerably. Brooks has seen just 192 minutes of first-team action this season for Hertha Berlin after a nightmarish summer at the 2015 Gold Cup, while Green has been made to train and play with the Bayern Munich II fourth-division side following a disappointing loan spell at Hamburg last season.
Elsewhere on the roster, you’ll find a lot of the same names — Gedion Zelalem, Jerome Kiesewetter, Matt Polster, Fatai Alashe and Cameron Carter-Vickers, to name a few — from last month’s Olympic qualifying tournament, while the story of 22-year-old Dave Romney, who made his way into the professional ranks on the back of a successful spell with LA Galaxy II, the club’s USL outfit, before being signed to the MLS roster, is perhaps a sign of things to come for the USMNT.
Herzog’s side will face the Brazilians on Wednesday in Recife and Sunday in Belem.
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Goalkeepers (3): Cody Cropper (MK Dons), Charlie Horton (Leeds United), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City)
Defenders (7): John Brooks (Hertha BSC), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Shane O’Neill (Royal Mouscron), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake), Dave Romney (LA Galaxy), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
Midfielders (6): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers)
Forwards (3): Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Maki Tall (FC Sion)