Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan have been named to the USMNT squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League games as the they will face Cuba on October 11 and Canada on October 15. Gregg Berhalter has named a 26-player roster for the team’s first games in the new competition, and as has seemingly become tradition you can’t have a USMNT camp without Jorstian Mordan. Both players have now been present for every national team camp under Berhalter, with Morris having been brought in to get exposure during the January camp while he was still returning from injury.
Unlike the last international window when the Sounders were missing 10 players through international duty and suspension, Morris and Roldan won’t miss any action as MLS has a break built in between the end of regular season play and the start of the playoffs to accommodate the FIFA international window.
While Morris and Roldan have found themselves consistently on the roster and in the US squad under Berhalter, both still have room to work their way up the depth chart. Morris in particular has an opportunity to build on his strong performances with the Sounders since returning from the Gold Cup this Summer, and will hopefully be able to replicate his ability to get on the score sheet with the USMNT. Roldan’s path to the XI is a bit murkier, as he can play a number of positions in Berhalter’s system but those positions are likely earmarked for players like Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, and Michael Bradley. Roldan’s role is likely to be one of the players coming off the bench, and he’ll need to demonstrate the strength and tenacity that he shows as a leader for the Sounders, as well as some of the attacking threat he has if he wants to be the first player off the bench and possibly a starter with the team.
If you want to watch as the USMNT takes on Cuba at Audi Field on Friday, October 11, the game will be broadcast on FS1 at 4 PM PDT.