Man City kid joined by 2 USMNT prospects, MLS teen on Top 60 youth list


Two Americans are joined by one Premier League player and an MLS starlet on The Guardian’s “Next Generation 2021” list, sprinkled among better-known names like Barcelona’s Gavi and Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko.

The list highlights 60 players born in 2014 and includes Manchester City’s Romeo Lavia (Belgium) and Toronto FC’s Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty (Canada) as well USMNT prospects Evan Rotundo of Schalke and Malick Sanogo of Union Berlin.

Mexico’s Jesus Hernandez of Queretaro is another CONCACAF name on the list.

[ MORE: How will USMNT line up vs Jamaica? ]

Center forward Sanogo, 17, was born in New York City but has been with Union since his youth days. His father coaches in the Union academy, having played at Hoffenheim and Saint-Etienne amongst other stops. The younger Sanogo has two goals and an assist in six matches of U19 Bundesliga play.

California-born Rotundo, 17, signed for Schalke from the San Diego Surf youth soccer club. He made his U-17 Bundesliga debut last year and has been promoted to the U-19s this season, where he’s listed as an attacking midfielder.

Marshall-Rutty has already made six senior appearances for TFC and has an assist to his name. He played seven times for TFC II in USL League One.

Lavia is a defensive midfielder who turns 18 in January and has twice made the bench for Premier League matches, making his senior debut in September’s 6-1 defeat of Wycombe in the League Cup’s third round.

The Guardian’s 2015 list of 17-18 year olds included Matheus Pereira, Dayot Upamecano, Manuel Locatelli, Fede Valverde, Dani Olmo, and Christian Pulisic, while 2016 honored Kai Havertz, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Matthijs de Ligt, and Alexander Isak.

Previous honored Americans include (current club in parenthesis):

  • 2015: Pulisic (Chelsea)
  • 2016: Nick Taitague (retired)
  • 2017: Timothy Weah (Lille) and Andrew Carleton (Jicaral Sercoba)
  • 2018: Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille)
  • 2019: Gianluca Busio (Venezia) and Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
  • 2020: Moses Nyeman (DC United)

MLS schedule 2021, odds, how to watch


Major League Soccer’s 26th season is officially underway, as defending MLS champions Columbus Crew forge their title defense with a typically deep chasing pack hot on their heels.

[ MORE: MLS schedule & scoreboard ]

With plenty of summer tournaments going on across the globe over the last month, the focus is now back on MLS as an intriguing battle in the Western and Eastern Conferences takes center stage.

The 2021 regular season officially kicked off on Friday, April 16, and is set to conclude with Decision Day on Nov. 7. MLS Cup 2021 is currently scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11.

How to watch MLS

Dates & times: Full schedule below
Stream: ESPN+

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MLS schedule

Saturday, Sept. 4

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Austin FC — 7 pm ET
Orlando City SC vs Columbus Crew — 7:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs FC Dallas — 8 pm ET
FC Cincinnati vs Inter Miami — 8 pm ET
San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids — 10 pm ET

Friday, Sept. 10

Atlanta United vs Orlando City SC — 7 pm ET
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers — 10 pm ET

Saturday, Sept. 11

Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy — 3:30 pm ET
Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United — 5 pm ET
New England Revolution vs New York City FC — 7 pm ET
New York Red Bulls vs D.C. United — 7 pm ET
Inter Miami vs Columbus Crew — 8 pm ET
Montreal Impact vs Nashville SC — 8 pm ET
FC Cincinnati vs Toronto FC — 8 pm ET
Houston Dynamo vs Austin FC — 8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes — 8:30 pm ET
Sporting Kansas City vs Chicago Fire — 8:30 pm ET

Sunday, Sept. 12

Los Angeles FC vs Real Salt Lake — 10:30 pm ET

MLS Cup 2021 odds – provided by our partner, PointsBet

New England Revolution +550
Seattle Sounders +550
Sporting Kansas City +650
Orlando City SC +700
Philadelphia Union +1200
Colorado Rapids +1400
Nashville SC +1400
Los Angeles FC +1800
Montreal Impact +2000
LA Galaxy +2000
Minnesota United +2000
New York City FC +2000
Real Salt Lake +3300
D.C. United +4000
Portland Timbers +4000
Atlanta United +5000
Columbus Crew +5000
San Jose Earthquakes +5000
FC Dallas +6600
New York Red Bulls +6600

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2021 Gold Cup squads for every team


It’s already been a busy summer and year for the USMNT, and it’s about to get busier with the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup just around the corner.

[ MORE: Berhalter names 23-man USMNT roster for Gold Cup ]

The same can be said for Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras, all of whom joined the USMNT in the semifinals of the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League last month before turning their attention to the Gold Cup, which kicks off on Saturday, July 10.

Mexico are the defending champions and 11-time winners of the Gold Cup (the USMNT ranks second with six continental titles), though the CONCACAF giants have alternated lifting the trophy the last five Gold Cups beginning in 2011. El Tri beat the USMNT both times they met in the final during that decade-long stretch.

[ MORE: 2021 Gold Cup: How to watch, schedule, odds, predictions ]

Below you will find the 2021 Gold Cup squads, so far, as a handful of sides are either yet to announced their 23-man roster or qualify for the tournament proper.

Canada 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Maxime Crepeau (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jayson Leutwiler (Oldham Athletic), Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United)

Defenders: Doneil Henry (Suwon Samsung Bluewings), Alistair Johnston (Nashville SC), Scott Kennedy (Jahn Regensburg), Richie Laryea (Toronto FC), Kamal Miller (Montreal Impact), Steven Vitoria (Moreirense)

Midfielders: Stephen Eustaquio (Pacos de Ferreira), Liam Fraser (Columbus Crew), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Los Angeles FC), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Harry Paton (Ross County), Samuel Piette (Montreal Impact)

Forwards: Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC), Tajon Buchanan (New England Revolution), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), Theo Corbeanu (Wolves), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Junior Hoilett (Unattached), Cyle Larin (Besiktas), Tyler Pasher (Houston Dynamo)

Costa Rica 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Esteban Alvarado (Herediano), Patrick Sequeira (Real Union), Leonel Moreira (Alajuelense)

Defenders: Yael Lopez (Herediano), Giancarlo Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Keysher Fuller (Herediano), Oscar Duarte (Levante), Bryan Oviedo (Copenhagen), Francisco Calvo (Chicago Fire), Kendall Waston (Saprissa), Ronald Matarrita (FC Cincinnati)

Midfielders: Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Johan Venegeas (Alajuelense), Bryan Ruiz (Alajuelense), Ariel Lassiter (Houston Dynamo), Allan Cruz (FC Cincinnati), Jimmy Martin (Saprissa), Alonso Martinez (Alajuelense), Yeltsin Tejada (Herediano), David Guzman (Saprissa)

Forwards: Ariel Rodriguez (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Leon), Jose Guillermo Ortiz (Deportes Tolima)

El Salvador 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Mario Gonzalez (Alianza), Kevin Carabantes (FAS), Oscar Pleitez (Isidro Metapan)

Defenders: Romulo Villalobos (Municipal Limeno), Roberto Dominguez (Chalatenango), Eriq Zavaleta (Toronto FC), Ronaldo Gomez (Aguila), Alexander Larin (Xelaju), Alexis Renderos (Alianza), Bryan Tamacas (Alianza)

Midfielders: Isaac Portillo (Alianza), Jairo Henriquez (Chalatenango), Alex Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Amando Moreno (New Mexico United), Darwin Ceren (Houston Dynamo), Narciso Orellana (Alianza).

Forwards: Joshua Perez (Ibiza), Walmer Martinez (Hartford Athletic), Juan Carlos Portillo (Alianza), Joaquin Rivas (FC Tulsa), David Rugamas (Once Deportivo), Marvin Marquez (Isidro Metapan)

Grenada 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Jason Belfon (Paradise), Reice Charles-Cook (Welling United), Trishawn Thomas (Queen’s Park)

Defenders: Kwasi Paul (Peachtree City), Aaron Pierre (Shrewsbury Town), Omar Beckles (Leyton Orient), Arthur Paterson (Charleston Battery(, Tyrone Sterling (Concord Rangers), Kraig Noel-McLeod (unattached)

Midfielders: Oliver Norburn (Shrewsbury Town), Roma Frank (Camerhogne), Alexander McQueen (Barnet), Shavon John-Brown (New Amsterdam), Kwazim Theodore (St. David’s FC), Josh Gabriel (unattached)

Forwards: Benjamin Ettienne (Queens Park Rangers SC – Grenada), Kairo Mitchell (Chesterfield), Saydrel Lewis (Paradise), Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County), Dejon Joel-Williams (Guadalajara of Spain), Ricky German (Crawley Town), Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong (Dartford), Jamal Charles (Paradise)

Guatemala 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Nicholas Hagen (Sabail), Ricardo Jerez (Municipal), Braulio Linares (Antigua)

Defenders: Kervin Garcia (Coban Imperial), Gerardo Gordillo (UTC), Moises Hernandez (Antigua), Matan Peleg (Hapoel Kfar Saba), Wilson Pineda (Guastatoya), Jose Carlos Pinto (Comunicaciones), Stheven Robels (Comunicaciones)

Midfielders: Rudy Barrientos (Municipal), Marvin Ceballos (Leones Negros), Marco Dominguez (Antigua), Luis Martinez (Guastatoya), John Mendez (Municipal), Jose Ruiz (Coban Imperial), Oscar Santis (Comunicaciones), Rodrigo Saravia (Comunicaciones)

Forwards: Jairo Arreola (Antigua), Robin Betancourth (Coban Imperial), Darwin Lom (California United Strikers), Jose Carlos Martinez (Municipal), Jorge Vargas (Guastatoya)

Honduras 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Marlon Licona (Motagua), Luis Lopez (Real España), Edrick Menjivar (Olimpia)

Defenders: Ever Alvarado (Olimpia), Kevin Alvarez (Norrkoping), Felix Crisanto (Unattached), Maynor Figueroa (Houston Dynamo), Johnny Leveron (Olimpia), Marcol Pereira (Motagua), Diego Rodriguez (Motagua)

Midfielders: Bryan Acosta (FC Dallas), Jhow Benavidez (Real España), Juan Delgado (Motagua), Deybi Flores (Olimpia), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Alexander Lopez (Alajuelense), Walter Martinez (Motagua)

Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (Olimpia), Michaell Chirinos (Olimpia), Alberth Elis (Boavista), Carlos Fernandez (Fenix), Romell Quioto (Montreal Impact), Edwin Solano (Marathon)

Jamaica 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Dillon Barnes (QPR), Dennis Taylor (Humble Lions).

Defenders: Michael Hector (Fulham), Amari’i Bell (Luton Town), Alvas Powell (Philadelphia Union), Liam Moore (Reading), Oniel Fisher (LA Galaxy), Damion Lowe (Al-Ittihad), Adrian Mariappa (Bristol City), Kemar Lawrence (Toronto FC)

Midfielders: Lamar Walker (Miami FC), Blair Turgott (Ostersund), Daniel Johnson (Preston North End), Ravel Morrison (unattached), Tyreek Magee (Eupen), Devon Williams (Miami FC)

Forwards: Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen), Cory Burke (Philadelphia Union), Bobby Decordova-Reid (Fulham), Shamar Nicholson (Charleroi), Junior Flemmings (Birmingham Legion), Javon East (Santos de Guapiles)

Martinique 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Loic Chauvet (Golden Lion), Arnaud Hugues des Etages (Aiglon), Meslien Gilles (Golden Lion)

Defenders: Junior Michalet (Golden Lion), Gerald Dondon (Club Franciscain), Jean-Sulvain Babin (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Yordan Thimon (Club Franciscain), Yann Thimon (Golden Lion), Samuel Camille (Tenerife), Sebastien Cretinoir (Samaritaine)

Midfielders: Tresident Isaac (Club Colonial), Karl Vitulin (Samaritaine), Norman Grelet (Golden Lion), Daniel Herelle (Samaritaine), Stephane Abaul (Club Franciscain), Romario Barthelery (Golden Lion)

Forwards: Gregory Pastel (Riviere-Pilote), Enrick Reuperne (Algion), Kevin Fortune (Troyes), Emmanuel Riviere (Crotone), Johnny Marajo (Club Franciscain), Christophe Jougon (Club Franciscain), Patrick Burner (Nimes)

Mexico 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Rodolfo Cota (Leon), Jonathan Orozco (Tijuana), Alfredo Talavera (Pumas)

Defenders: Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), Nestor Araujo (Celta Vigo), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Hector Moreno (Monterrey), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres), Osvaldo Rodriguez (Leon), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Gilberto Sepulveda (Chivas de Guadalajara)

Midfielders: Edson Alvarez (Ajax), Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy), Alan Cervantes (Santos Laguna), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Erick Gutierrez (PSV), Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Erick Sanchez (Pachuca)

Forwards: Jesus Corona (Porto), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Alan Pulido (Sporting Kansas City)

Panama 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Coban Imperial), Luis Mejia (Fenix), Orlando Mosquera (Boluspor)

Defenders: Andres Andrade (LASK), Kevin Calderon (Universitario), Omar Cordoba (Independiente), Harold Cummings (Always Ready), Eric Davis (Dunajska Streda), Manuel Gamboa (Plaza Amador), Adolfo Machado (San Carlos), Michael Amir Murillo (Anderlecht), Francisco Palacios (San Francisco), Richard Peralta (Tauro)

Midfielders: Edgar Barcenas (Girona), Miguel Camargo (Independiente Medellin), Adalberto Carrasquilla (Cartagena), Anibal Godoy (Nashville SC), Victor Griffith (Arabe Unido), Alberto Quintero (Universitario), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Lugo), Cesar Yanis (Deportivo del Este)

Forwards: Jorman Aguilar (San Carlos), Jose Fajardo (9 de Octubre), Gabriel Torres (Pumas), Cecilio Waterman (Everton – Chile)

Qatar 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Saad Al Sheeb (Al-Sadd), Meshaal Barsham (Al-Sadd), Yousef Hassan (Al-Gharafa)

Defenders: Ro-Ro (Al-Sadd), Abdelkraim Hassan (Al-Sadd), Tarek Salman (Al-Sadd), Ahmed Suhail (Al-Sadd), Musab Kheder (Al-Sadd), Boualem Khoukhi (Al-Sadd), Homam Ahmed (Al-Gharafa), Bassam Al-Rawi (Al-Duhail)

Midfielders: Mohammed Waad (Al-Sadd), Karim Boudiaf (Al-Sadd), Abdulaziz Hatem (Al-Rayyan), Karim Boudiaf (Al-Duhail), Assim Madibo (Al-Duhail)

Forwards: Hassan Al-Haydos (Al-Sadd), Yusuf Abdurisag (Al-Sadd), Akram Afif (Al-Sadd), Ahmed Alaaeldin (Al-Gharafa), Mohammed Muntari (Al-Duhail), Ismaeel Mohammad (Al-Duhail). Almoez Ali (Al-Duhail), Abdullah Al-Ahrak (Al-Duhail)

Suriname 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Warner Hahn (Unattached), Claidel Kohinor (Robinhood), Ishan Kort (Almere City)

Defenders: Anduelo Amoeferie (Inter Moengotapoe), Damil Dankerlui (Groningen), Ryan Donk (Galatasaray), Ridgeciano Haps (Feyenoord), Sean Klaiber (Ajax), Kelvin Leerdan (Inter Miami), Dion Malone (NAC Breda), Albert Nibte (Leo Victor)

Midfielders: Roland Alberg (Hyderabad), Diego Biseswar (PAOK Thessaloniki), Mitchell Donald (BB Erzurumspor), Sersinho Eduard (Inter Moengotapoe), Ryan Koolwijk (Almere City)

Forwards: Dimitrie Apai (W Connection), Sheraldo Becker (Union Berlin), Ivenzo Comvalius (Trencin), Nigel Hasselbaink (Bnei Sakhnin), Florian Jozefzoon (Rotherham United), Alvaro Verwey (Voorwaarts), Gleofilo Vlijter (Beitar Jerusalem)

USA 2021 Gold Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)

Defenders: George Bello (Atlanta United), Reggie Cannon (Boavista), Shaq Moore (Tenerife), Donovan Pines (D.C. United), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), James Sands (New York City FC), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)

Forwards: Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Daryl Dike (Orlando City), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)

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David leads Canada, 2nd round set for CONCACAF World Cup qualifying


The surprises in the first round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying steered clear of the final day, where favorites claimed their spots in the two-legged second round.

Saint Kitts and Nevis had already clinched a stunning spot in the next round thanks to Trinidad and Tobago’s baffling draw with the Bahamas, and the Soca Warriors got the smallest measure of revenge when the nations met on Tuesday.

[ MORE: Berhalter gives Steffen injury update ]

But it El Salvador, Curacao, Canada, Haiti, and Panama who would claim results to put them 180 minutes (or more) from the third round Octagon, where three teams will join the United States men’s national team, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Jamaica

Curacao only came through via a scoreless draw, but El Salvador, Canada, and Panama went the emphatic route for their places in the second round.

Lille star Jonathan David had a hat trick and Alphonso Davies also scored as Canada blasted Suriname 4-0 while putting 13 of their 16 shots on target.

Panama got an Anibal Godoy goal in the eighth minute and saw late goals from Edgar Barcenas and Cecilio Waterman in a 3-0 win over Dominican Republic, while El Salvador had three goal scorers including former U.S. U-17 player and current Toronto FC defender Eriq Zavaleta in a clean sheet cruise past Antigua and Barbuda.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying first round final matchday results

Guyana 0-2 Puerto Rico
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0-1 Cuba
Haiti 1-0 Nicaragua
Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 Saint Kitts and Nevis
Grenada 1-2 Montserrat
Curacao 0-0 Guatemala
Barbados 1-1 Dominica
El Salvador 3-0 Antigua and Barbuda
Bermuda 1-1 Cayman Islands
Canada 4-0 Suriname
Panama 3-0 Dominican Republic

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying second round ties

June 12
Saint Kitts and Nevis v El Salvador
Haiti v Canada
Panama v Curacao

June 15
El Salvador v Saint Kitts and Nevis
Canada v Haiti
Curacao v Panama

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Five USMNT players who need to step up in friendlies, Nations League


Much like we said in the Switzerland – USWNT preview, the idea of players U.S. men’s national team who “need” to “step up” is a lot different than in years past.

Consider that a couple of years ago we’d see an MLS hotshot like Gyasi Zardes jump into the spotlight and immediately daydream of seeing him with the national team. Or we’d hear of Jozy Altidore getting disciplined by his new Toronto FC coach and wonder if that would affect him — not his place — with the U.S. program.

[ MORE: Three key battles in Chelsea – Man City ]

In other words, it was about a player stepping up their performance to drive the national team. Now, with oodles of options abroad and at home, it’s about players who need to step up to keep their current status or at least their place in the team ahead of World Cup qualifying.

Below are five such cases.

DeAndre Yedlin — At 27 (29 at the start of Qatar 2022), this is likely Yedlin’s last chance to make a World Cup roster even if Sergino Dest, Bryan Reynolds, and Antonee Robinson all fail to pan out. The ex-Newcastle man still has the pace and the goods, and he’s grown in positional awareness, but the constant motor and consistency in getting back after forays up the field has to be better.

Antonee Robinson — The Fulham man is going to wind up in another Premier League or other European home but is still finding his national team shoes. It’s far too soon to brand him a Timmy Chandler as invaluable to his club but never quite clicking on the national team, but it’s not an improbability if his days don’t improve in red, white, and blue.

Julian Green — He scored in extra time of a World Cup as a teenager but — if we’re honest — perhaps he’s been branded with a scarlet LD by the U.S. Soccer old guard just because Jurgen Klinsmann called him into a World Cup in place of top three all-time USMNT talent Landon Donovan. That’s really the only explanation for Berhalter pretty much ignoring one of the two best players on a 2.Bundesliga side while calling up lesser or equal division also-rans in his place (at least up until he helped Greuther Furth back into the Bundesliga). He’s one of those players — as we saw when Dave Sarachan played him — who could become a regular but may only get one or two chances to show it.

Daryl Dike — He took the Championship by storm on loan from Orlando City and is a powerful item in the shop window, but he’s going to have to standout in a crowded, talented, and hungry class of forwards that includes a Schalke forward the same tender age and with a similar transfer status.

Ethan Horvath — It’s not the Club Brugge man’s fault that he lost a starting goalkeeper battle when a Belgian national teamer and Liverpool veteran decided he wanted to go home to a bigger club than his youth Sint-Truden. Yet with Steffen missing this game and Berhalter knowing what Steffen was able to do for country while No. 2 at a bigger club, he better hope he at least seals the start against Switzerland over Leicester academy prospect Chituru Odunze and Real Salt Lake’s David Ochoa.

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