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Kellyn Acosta called up for USMNT September friendlies

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The Rapids midfielder will face Brazil and Mexico in just a few days.

Christian Pulisic and Kellyn Acosta share the duties of carrying equipment after a USMNT practice in Denver last year.
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Over the weekend, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan announced his 24-man roster for upcoming matches against Brazil and Mexico. The roster includes mostly younger guys, with a couple veterans and a couple new faces as well. One of the younger players on his list, who is also somewhat of a veteran, is our very own Kellyn Acosta.

The 23-year-old has 17 caps with the senior national team (one goal) and started in four out of five of his appearances to help his team win the CONCACAF 2017 Gold Cup. Acosta came up through FC Dallas’ youth system and was a part of their club from 2009-2018 until he came to the Colorado Rapids. Since joining the Burgundy Boys, Acosta has two goals in six starts.

Per Ryan Madden, Sarachan feels that “the change of scenery to Colorado seems to have worked out in that he’s a consistent starter, logging 90 minutes and back to the strong form that we remember seeing during Qualifying and the Gold Cup last year. We’re happy to have him back.”

Acosta will definitely miss the Rapids’ match against the Portland Timbers this weekend, but should be back in time for the home game vs. Atlanta United on September 15th.

The Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC)

DEFENDERS (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City), Eric Lichaj (Hull City), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Matt Miazga (Nantes), Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu), Tim Parker (New York Red Bulls), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)

FORWARDS (3): Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard), Bobby Wood (Hannover), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC)

*The roster does not include Christian Pulisic, who was originally called up but got injured in a recent game with his club team, Borussia Dortmund.

How to Watch

September 7 at 5:30 p.m.: USA v Brazil at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The match will be televised on FS1, UniMas, and UDN.

September 11 at 6:30 p.m.: USA v Mexico at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee

The match will be televised on ESPN, UniMas, and UDN.