The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to the field for the first time since February when it faces Wales on Thursday, Nov. 12. Coverage of USA-Wales from Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales begins at 1:30 p.m. CT on FS1, UniMás and TUDN. Read more about USA v Wales Thursday at USsoccer.com
Carrying a remarkably youthful roster that includes many of the USA’s rising young stars along with a host of uncapped players, the senior MNT unclicks the pause button that’s been in place for the last nine months and resumes the building process for the start of 2022 World Cup Qualifying in the fall of 2021. The squad will only have had two full training sessions prior to its match on a FIFA fixture date in nearly a year. ESPN looks at the youthful core as well as US Soccer’s next superhero
Only six players have more than 17 caps. Tim Ream is the senior-most player with 40 appearances, followed by John Brooks (38), Christian Pulisic (34) (out injured now), Weston McKennie (19), Matt Miazga (18) and Zack Steffen (17).
Wales is the third oldest national team in the world. The Dragons played their first international match nearly 150 years ago, facing Scotland in Glasgow on March 25, 1876! More recently, the Welsh made their first appearance at the European Championships in 2016, topping a group which featured England, Slovakia and Russia. Advancing to the knockout round, Wales downed Northern Ireland 1-0 (Round of 16) and upset Belgium 3-1 (Quarterfinals), before falling to eventual champions Portugal 2-0 in the semifinals.
Wales again qualified for Euro 2020, clinching an automatic berth by finishing second in Group F behind Belgium. Due to the global health pandemic, the tournament was moved to the summer of 2021, when Wales will face Italy, Switzerland and Turkey in Group A.
USA DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/0), Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 17/0)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 38/3), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 10/0), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 3/0), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 18/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 40/1), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; 0/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 7/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 10/1), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; 0/0), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven/NED; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 14/2), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 19/6), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 0/0), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton/ENG; 0/0)
FORWARDS (8): Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; 0/0), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen/FRA; 0/0),
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 34/14), Uly Llanez (Heerenveen/NED; 1/1), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 0/0), Sebastian Soto (Telstar/NED; 0/0), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 8/1)
SLIDESHOW USA v Uruguay at Busch Stadium in September 2019 (gallery link)
USA v Wales Thursday