The U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) will take on FIFA 13th-ranked Switzerland on May 30 in a friendly match in Kybunpark, an 19,000-seat, multi-use stadium in St. Gallen, 54 miles east of metropolitan Zurich.
The USMNT team will boast a roster of the elite U.K. and European-based Americans, plus six from MLS, including Colorado Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta.
Joining Acosta will be Real Colorado product and Belgium’s Club Brugge goalkeeper, Ethan Horvath.
Earlier this month, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter called in a total of 27 players to participate in his high-altitude camp and friendly in Switzerland before the group heads to play in the inaugural Concacaf Nation League Finals in Denver, Colorado, on June 3 and 6. Omitted from this camp were Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen. Both were committed to play for their professional teams, Chelsea and Manchester City respectively, in yesterday’s UEFA Champions League final in England.
With Steffan away, Ethan Horvath is expected to be elevated to the starting role in front of the Yank’s net. Horvath, 25, hails from Highlands Ranch, where he played for Real Colorado Soccer Club’s Development Academy. He is a graduate of Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado.
According to U.S. Soccer, Horvath started his play for the Stars and Stripes when he was a U-14. He was named for the U-20 side when they made the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. In the spring of 2016, he was the starting keeper for the U.S. U-23 team that was vying to earn a berth in the Concacaf-Conmebol play-in for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Acosta played on the same team. The U.S. lost to Columbia in aggregate goals and did not advance.
At that time, senior USMNT head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann stated that Horvath was one of his biggest hopes for the future. In the fall of 2016, Horvath made is debut with the senior team and earn a clean sheet against Cuba in a friendly. To date, he has made 4 appearances for the United States.
Acosta has faired better in both call-ups and play for the U.S. The swift and gritty box-to-box midfielder has earned 27 caps and scored twice. With a deep midfield line-up available to Berhalter that includes Tyler Adams, Julian Green, and Weston McKennie, Acosta is expected to come off of the bench.
Switzerland vs USA
The Yanks and Rossocrociati (The Red Crosses) have faced each other eight times before, including a match in St. Gallen in 1990. The most memorable game between the foes was in 1994 during the World Cup tournament that was held in the Pontiac, Michigan’s Silverdome Stadium. The match ended in a tough 1-1 draw.
The Swiss have qualified for FIFA World Cup play 11 times. They advanced to the knockout round in all but 2010. In the Russia-based tournament in 2018, they finished second in Group E, ahead of Serbia and Costa Rica and behind Brazil. The Swiss have also qualified for the European Championships on five occasions.
The USMNT holds a 1-3-4 all-time record against Switzerland. Another competitive match is expected today, as the Swiss roster is just as formidable as the Yanks.
Their international roster is plenty full of its own swagger and the U.S will depart for Colorado soon after the match. During a press conference held this past Monday, Berhalter said, “The way we’re looking at this whole trip is, we’re going to travel with more players because we want to simulate what World Cup qualifying looks like, where you can interchange the 23 (players) each game day.” Berhalter and staff have used his camp in the Swiss Alps to acclimate the team to Denver’s mile-high altitude, where the U.S. will play host to Mexico, Honduras, and Costa Rica in just 5 days.
With goals as high as the altitude in the Swiss Alps, the USMNT seeks a competitive edge ahead of the match against and the Concacaf Nations League in the Mile High City.— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) May 29, 2021
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During the same press conference, Fulham FC defender Tim Ream shared his perspective. “We’ve kind of made an adjustment and we’re training up in the mountains, so we have a good, solid week of training here... I asked one of the staff members today and I think we’re only about 600 feet below where Denver is. So we’re doing things the right way, and we did the same before we went down to Azteca, Mexico in 2018. We went to Denver, we trained for one week because it was a June window. So we’re doing a lot of similar things, we’re making sure that our bodies get acclimated to the altitude and we’ll play a game.”
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Sunday, May, 30 at 12:15 p.m. MT
Venue: Kybunpark — St. Gallen, Switzerland
TV Information: ESPN, UniMas, and TUDN
USMNT/SWITZERLAND CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB/COUNTRY; CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/0), Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; 0/0), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (10): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 40/3), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 14/0), Justin Che (Bayern Munich/GER; 0/0), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 7/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 21/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 42/1), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 1/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 10/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 62/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 27/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 12/1), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 15/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 20/6), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 21/6), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 4/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0)
FORWARDS: (7): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 4/2), Daryl Dike (Barnsley/ENG; 2/0), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 4/2), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 13/5), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys/SUI; 2/0), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 10/1)