Berhalter plans newcomers as USA braces for qualifying

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Washington (AFP) – United States national team coach Gregg Berhalter has selected 12 unselected players from a roster of 26 at the training camp appointed on Friday for a December 18 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The camp, showcasing domestic talent now in the Major League Soccer offseason, and a game in Los Angeles will allow Berhalter to study newcomers ahead of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup qualifying resumes in the month. next.

The Americans are second in the North American Regional Qualifiers (CONCACAF) with 15 points and a 4-1 with a record three draws after eight games. Canada leads the fight with eight teams for three automatic places with 16 points and Mexico third with 14.

“It has been a great year for the squad and our aim is to end the year with a strong performance against Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Berhalter.

“As we look to 2022, this camp gives us the opportunity to see new faces and allows our key national players to maintain their fitness level.”

Top talent selected for the team include MLS Defenseman of the Year Walker Zimmerman of Nashville and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Turner of New England.

Among the five non-MLS players are Roma defender Bryan Reynolds, Brazil Internacional midfielder Johnny Cardoso and Bayern Munich II forward Taylor Booth.

Defender Jonathan Gomez, who is expected to join Real Sociedad from La Liga next month, is also in the lineup. He played for the youth teams of the United States and Mexico, but could carve out a place in the United States with an appearance against the Bosnian team.

The Americans, who won and drew in the historic rivalry against Bosnia and Herzegovina, return to World Cup qualifying with a January 27 home game against El Salvador, travel to Canada three days later and return home at home to face Honduras.

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