Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris was called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team for two friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand, which take place during an MLS international break. The 23-man roster — which includes former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin — will begin gathering in Miami today, which means Morris will likely travel to meet the team after the Sounders face the Vancouver Whitecaps on the road.
The first match kicks off October 7 at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana — the first friendly between the nations on Cuban soil since 1947. Four days later, on October 11, the U.S. will host New Zealand at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
If U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann releases Morris after the match against Cuba, he would likely start for Seattle on October 12, when the team faces the Houston Dynamo at home. That’s not actually too far-fetched, as Klinsmann brought in a lot of attacking options, including Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Chris Wondolowski, Bobby Wood, Christian Pulisic, and Danny Williams.
The U.S. will use these two games to finalize its roster before the important World Cup Qualifier against Mexico on November 11.
In addition to Morris, Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro has been called up to the Uruguay squad, which has two World Cup Qualifier matches on October 6 (vs. Venezuela) and 11 (vs. Colombia). Given that these games have some meaning, Lodeiro will probably remain with his national team for both matches, making him unlikely for Seattle against Houston.
Joevin Jones has also been called up by Trinidad and Tobago and defenders Oniel Fisher and Damion Lowe join the Jamaican team squad as all three face 2017 Caribbean Cup Qualifiers. The Soca Warriors face the Dominican Republic on October 5, followed by Martinique on October 11 — making Jones’ status questionable against Houston. Jamaica also plays on October 11.
Panama will take on Mexico in a friendly on October 11, although Roman Torres did not receive a call-up. That keeps him at home for an important midweek match against the Dynamo.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin),Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)