The United States national team interim head coach, Dave Sarachan, announced his 24-man roster on Monday afternoon. The team will play friendlies against Colombia and Peru this month. Included in his team are New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams and defender Aaron Long.
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They are two of the nine MLS players included in the squad. The other seven are Zack Steffen, Wil Trapp, Brad Guzan, Kellyn Acosta,Michael Bradley, Reggie Cannon, and Ben Sweat.
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Adams has become a staple in the USMNT starting XI the past year, registering seven caps and scoring his long goal in the US’s last match against Mexico three weeks ago. Normally partnered up with Weston McKennie, Adams has a similar “seek and destroy” mentality that he has with the Red Bulls, breaking up attacks and pressuring midfielders to force tough passes.
Adams recently missed the Atlanta United match with back spasms, but it can’t be too serious if the team is willing to release him to national team duty in the club’s off-week.
Aaron Long has been a new face to camp. In his first call-up last month, Long did not dress against Brazil at MetLife and was in the 18, but did not feature against Mexico in Nashville. Sarachan must like what he is seeing with Long to give him another chance to prove himself on the national level.
“In a 10-day camp, Aaron showed well even though he didn’t get an opportunity in those [September friendly] games,” said Sarachan. “He’s consistently shown his abilities with his club, and after his showing last month we felt he warranted another look for these matches.”
Fellow RBNY centerback Tim Parker was left out of the squad this time around. Long looks to get his first cap in the upcoming friendlies.
The US will travel to Tampa on Thursday Oct 11th to match up with Colombia, then head back north to Hartford on Tuesday Oct 16th to face Peru. The Red Bulls have matches on the 6th at San Jose and the 21st at Philadelphia, so these friendlies will not conflict with their final regular season matches. Adams and Long will travel to camp in Tampa on the 7th to meet up with the national team training camp.
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