Author’s Note: I am back in 2018 with the gamethreads. While the disaster that was Couva, Trinidad on October 10th has really put a damper on the summer plans there will still be weekly MLS coverage, USMNT coverage and World Cup gamethreads. So here we go friends as we embark on another year, your expected USMNT gamethread on Sounder at Heart is below:
Three Big Storylines
- Caretaker United States manager Dave Sarachan leads the USA in this match that is kicking off what should have been a World Cup year, but will instead be marked by transition at US Soccer. The US Soccer Federation will elect a new president on February 10th from a field of eight candidates that made it to the final ballot. The new president will determine the fate of the USMNT manager’s job and presumably set a direction for the program going forward. To that end the USA has selected a young team for this camp, 15 players on the 29 man roster are looking for their first cap. Danny Acosta, Tyler Adams, Justen Glad and Brooks Lennon are in camp and were on the recent U20 World Cup team that made the Quarterfinals in South Korea.
- With 29 players in camp, the lineup is anyone’s guess as six players will have to be dropped to make the official 23 man gameday roster. Look for Zack Steffen to emerge as the starting goalkeeper out of the Steffen, Bill Hamid, Alex Bono and Cody Cropper group that are in camp. Tyler Adams and Cristian Roldan will both be looking for their second cap and could be a big part of the future of the USMNT midfield starting today.
- Jordan Morris reportedly has had a good camp emerging in a veteran leadership role considering the young makeup of the camp. Morris’s 24 caps are behind just Gyasi Zardes (37) and Juan Agudelo (27) and only Paul Arriola (15) has more than four caps among the rest of the January roster.
From a Sounders Point of View
Dear Coach Sarachan,
Your predecessors, both that one and the German guy, had a proclivity to return our players injured from January camp.
We would kindly request you end that tradition and return our Roldan and Morris without blemish.
National TV Listings
Date/Time: Sunday, 6:30 PM PT
Location: Home Depot Center, Carson, California
TV: FS1, UniMas
United States Roster (Club; Caps/Goals)
DEFENDERS: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 3/0), Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 0/0), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire; 1/0), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club; 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 15/2), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Ian Harkes (D.C. United; 0/0), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 1/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 2/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 37/6)
FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 27/3), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 24/5), Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; 3/0), CJ Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 3/0)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Kenan Pirić (HSK Zrinjski; 0/0), Ibrahim Šehić (FC Qarabag/AZE; 6/0), Nemanja Trjulja (FK Borac Banja Luka; 0/0)
DEFENDERS: Almir Bekić (FK Sarajevo; 1/0), Daniel Graovac (FK Željezničar; 1/0), Marko Mihojević (FK Sarajevo; 0/0), Besim Šerbečić (FK Radnik Bijeljina; 0/0), Darko Todorović (FK Sloboda Tuzla; 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS: Dino Beširevic (FK Radnik Bijeljina; 0/0), Marijan Ćavar (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER; 0/0), Zoran Kvrižic (HNK Rijeka/CRO; 3/0), Stjepan Lončar (NK Široki Breijeg; 0/0), Haris Medunjanin (Philadelphia Union/USA; 55/11), Elvis Sarić (FK Sarajevo; 0/0), Adnan Šećerović (FK Mladost Doboj Kakanj; 0/0), Ognjen Todorović (HSK Zrinjski; 0/0), Tomislav Tomić (NK Olimpija Ljubljana/SVN; 0/0), Goran Zakarić (FK Željezničar; 1/0)
FORWARDS: Mersudin Ahmetović (FK Sarajevo; 0/0), Nemanja Bilbija (HSK Zrinjski; 0/0), Elvir Coljić (FK Krupa; 0/0), Elvir Ibisevic (University of Nebraska-Omaha; 0/0), Luka Menalo (NK Široki Brijeg; 0/0)
This is your Sounder at Heart USMNT versus Bosnia and Herzegovina first International Friendly gamethread of 2018. Watch with us.