United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) head coach Gregg Berhalter has announced his 40 player provisional player roster for the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Final. The roster includes Colorado Rapids defenseman Sam Vines and midfielder Kellyn Acosta.
Colorado Real Soccer Club alumni, Ethan Horvath, now a goalkeeper for Club Brugge in Belgium, has also been invited to compete for a roster spot.
The Finals were originally set for June 2020 but were rescheduled as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Berhalter and his staff will ultimately select 23 players from from this group.
Vines and Acosta have attended recent US Soccer camps, and played in both friendly and competitive matches for the Yanks.
Vines is coming off the Concacaf U23 Olympics Qualifiers that were held in Guadalajara, Mexico, while Acosta played with the U.S. senior side overseas against Northern Ireland and Jamaica.
They will all now have an opportunity to showcase their versatile talents before a home crowd during the Nations League Finals that will be played at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium Stadium in Denver. The Finals will bring together Concacaf’s top teams and rivals- Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and the United States on June 3rd and 6th. The outcome of the 2-day tournament will crown the first-ever champion of a competition that was created to provide high-quality competition and boost rivals between all 41 Concacaf Member Associations.
Vines will face his most serious test in making the team. He will need to displace favorites Sergiño Dest and Antonee Robinson.
Acosta will be going toe-to-toe against nine formidable midfielders, including Cristian Roldan, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, and Yunus Musah.
Before the Denver-based games, Berhalter will have a subset of his players tackling the Swiss National Team on May 30th in Saint Gallen, Switzerland. Following the Finals, the team will take on Costa Rica in Sandy, Utah on June, 9.
Earlier this week, Berhalter told CBS Sports, “We’re trying to hone in on a best XI, but if you can imagine now with the qualifying window having three games, we’re going to have to rotate (players from Europe and North America)... There’s no chance that we’re going to be able to play the same XI for three games straight. So for us it’s about using Nations League and using Gold Cup, two very important tournaments, to see what our group is about and to see who can step up and play part of the role.”
Concacaf officials have announced the full schedule of the tournament. On June the 3rd, the Yanks will face off against Honduras on June 3rd in the first semifinal at 5:30 p.m. MT, while Mexico and Costa Rica will battle at 8 p.m. MT. On June 6th, the 3rd place game will kick off at 4:30 p.m. MT, and the championship match between the semifinal winners will be played at 7 p.m. MT.
Tickets for the Finals went on sale to the general public on April 26th through Ticketmaster. Fans interested in attending the matches should sign up at www.ConcacafNationsLeague.com for more information.
Attendance has been capped for the venue. Spectator capacity has been set approximately 32,000 attendees.
USMNT 40-Player Provisional Roster (Player/Club Affiliation)
DEFENDERS (14): John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Reggie Cannon (Boavista FC), Sergiño Dest (FC Barcelona), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht), Tim Ream (Fulham FC), Bryan Reynolds (AS Roma), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim), Antonee Robinson (Fulham FC), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Luca de la Torre (Heracles Almelo), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Juventus FC), Yunus Musah (Valencia FC), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), (Seattle Sounders), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS (11): Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas), Konrad de la Fuente (FC Barcelona), Daryl Dike (Barnsley FC), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea FC), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Jordan Siebatcheu (BSC Young Boys), Tim Weah (Lille), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)