New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams and defender Aaron Long have been announced as part of the 28-man roster by Head Coach Dave Sarachan to travel to Europe for two friendlies against England and Italy to finish off the year. Adams and Long are two of twelve MLS players named to the squad. Six of the players are teams currently still in the MLS Cup playoffs: Columbus, Atlanta and RBNY (two from each.) The squad will also feature the return of Christian Pulisic, who has been troubled by injuries since the start of the Bundesliga.
GlobeBull: Adams & Long Named to Final USMNT Roster of 2018
Closing out 2018 abroad. ✈️
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) November 6, 2018
Adams has become a staple in the midfield for the Stars and Stripes, earning seven caps since his debut one year ago against in a 1-1 draw with Portugal in which he played all 90 minutes. Six of his caps have come in 2018. His lone goal came in September against Mexico, which the team won 1-0. These matches will be the first time that Adams, Pulisic and Weston McKennie will play together as members of the senior squad.
Long received his first call up for the national team in September, but didn’t make his debut until the following window in a 1-1 draw to Peru in October. The 2015 USL Defender of the Year and finalist for this year’s MLS Defender of the Year caught the eye of Sarachan as he was part of the Red Bulls defense who gave up a league-low 33 goals this year during the regular season.
The USMNT will face England on November 15th in London, which will be Wayne Rooney’s 120th cap and last in a Three Lions uniform, before turning their attention to Italy on November 20th, in a match to be played in Genk, Belgium. This is likely Sarachan’s last stint as manager of the USMNT, allegedly paving the way for Crew manager Gregg Berhalter to take the helm in 2019.
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