The U.S. men are set to close out their 2018 calendar against England and Italy this month. In doing so, a strong squad has been named by interim head coach Dave Sarachan. Yet, while this is a group with a lot of potential and quality, there are many other capable players who will likely be involved when 2019 Gold Cup preparation kicks into gear.
Intriguing additions to this squad include the return of Darlington Nagbe. He could play a vital role as a midfielder going forward, adding experience, poise, and an ability to keep possession surrounded by a young core. Sebastian Lletget also returns with his inventive intuition. Meanwhile, Romain Gall could be one player to come alive over the next year. Gall has been one of the most impressive attackers in the Swedish Allsvenskan this season. This should come as no surprise considering the promise he showed in his youth national team days.
There's a lot to be excited about with this group. Perhaps even more exciting is the player pool that extends beyond it. Gyasi Zardes scored 20 in MLS this season. Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley have had a rough year, but there's no doubting they still possess some of the best quality in the pool. Whether they stay in Toronto for next season remains to be seen, but it's likely they improve upon this season in the next, wherever that may be. Jonathan Amon along with Bradley was not named to this side, but he continues to impress in Denmark. He was given a good reception from national team fans for his last national team outing.
Additionally, you have players like Lee Nguyen and Ike Opara who proved to be some of the best in MLS once again this season. As long as they can prove that, one would think they'll be in the picture. Russell Canouse, Cristian Roldan, Tim Parker and Sean Davis had great statistical MLS seasons. A certain Jeremy Ebobisse is currently coming alive for Portland at the moment as well, repeatedly being chosen over Swedish national team player and ex Serie A player Samuel Armenteros. It's possible that, whoever the new manager may be, the German-American contingent could soon return to the fold as well. Fabian Johnson, Timothy Chandler, Alfredo Morales, and even the eligible yet uncapped Jeremy Toljan, are all capable of adding quality and experience.
Point being, depth and potential is on the rise for the U.S. men. There is certainly a lot to look forward to in 2019. Don't forget to scarf up and support the men heading into the 2019 Gold Cup and 2022 World Cup.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew)
DEFENDERS (10): John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Matt Miazga (Nantes), Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Luca de la Torre (Fulham), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC), Romain Gall (Malmö), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United FC), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)
FORWARDS (2): Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96)