Perea among 16 young US players added for game vs Trinidad
CHICAGO (AP) - Midfielder Andres Perea was among 16 young players named United States on Sunday for the January 31 exhibition against Trinidad and Tobago in Orlando, Florida after being signed by FIFA for a move belonging to Colombia had been approved.
Perea had played for Colombia's U17 and U20 teams.
The additional players had trained with US U23 coach Jason Kreis before the delayed Olympic qualification for the North and Central American and Caribbean region, which will take place March 18-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Along with Perea, goalkeepers Matt Freese and JT Marcinkowski were added to the squad. Defense attorneys Julian Araujo, George Bello, Kyle Duncan, Aaron Herrera, Mauricio Pineda, Miles Robinson and Sam Vines; Midfielders Benji Michel, Tanner Tessmann and Jackson Yueill; and onwards Daryl Dike, Jesus Ferreira and Jonathan Lewis.
Ten players made their senior team debuts, including all three goalkeepers, including Matt Turner. Other possible debuts are Bello, Herrera, Pineda, Michel, Tessmann and Dike as well as Perea.
Fifty-seven players have made their debut since losing in Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017, which prevented Americans from participating in the 2018 World Cup, including 34 since Gregg Berhalter became a coach before 2019.
From the original group, which began training in Bradenton on January 9, goalkeeper Sean Johnson left the team due to knee strain and striker Jordan Morris was eliminated on loan from Seattle's Major League Soccer to Swansea English league championship . Los Angeles defenseman Tristan Blackmon suffered a concussion while training Saturday and is scheduled to return to California on Sunday.
Jozy Altidore, a 31-year-old striker, made his first international appearance since the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. In 115 international appearances, Altidore is the senior player on a youth squad that has an average of 10 appearances and averages 23 years and 302 days on the day of the game.
The full roster is expected to be available for two exhibitions in March and the CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals against Honduras in June, followed by a game against Mexico or Costa Rico in the championship match or third place match. Qualification for the 2022 World Cup is scheduled to begin in September.
Goalkeepers: Matt Freese (Philadelphia), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose), Matt Turner (New England)
Defenders: Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), George Bello (Atlanta), Kyle Duncan (Red Bulls of New York), Aaron Herrera (Salt Lake), Aaron Long (Red Bulls of New York), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago), Miles Robinson ( Atlanta)), Sam Vines (Colorado), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville)
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Benji Michel (Orlando), Andres Perea (Orlando), Cristian Roldan (Seattle), Tanner Tessmann (Dallas), Jackson Yueill (San Jose)
Forward: Jozy Altidore (Toronto), Paul Arriola (D.C.), Daryl Dike (Orlando), Jesus Ferreira (Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado), Chris Mueller (Orlando City)
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