Gio Reyna is back with the U.S. men’s national team for the first time since the FIFA World Cup, and will have his first chance to put the soap opera of the past four months behind him when the Americans return to action in Concacaf Nations League.
Reyna, Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie headline a 24-man USMNT squad for the team’s upcoming Concacaf Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador.
Reyna is back with the team for the first time since the World Cup, where his lack of minutes became one of the stories of the tournament for the USMNT.
A total of 13 members of the USMNT World Cup squad are back, including Sergiño Dest, Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson.
One player who won’t take part is Tyler Adams, who will miss the March matches with a hamstring injury.
The USMNT’s quest to repeat as Concacaf champions continues on March 24, when the Americans travel to Grenada. The USMNT returns home to face El Salvador on March 27 in Orlando.
The USMNT posted a 5-0 victory over Grenada on June 10, 2022 in its opening match of the Concacaf Nations League group stage, with Jesus Ferreira scoring four goals. The Americans followed that up with a 1-1 draw at El Salvador on June 14, 2022, with Jordan Morris providing the stoppage-time equalizer.
Striker Daryl Dike will seek his first USMNT cap since the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinal. The West Bromwich Albion striker is heating up just in time for the call up, scoring five goals in 2023.
Ricardo Pepi makes his return to the USMNT on the strength of a solid season with Dutch side FC Groningen. The young striker has compiled 10 goals and three assists in all competitions this season.
Here is the USMNT roster for the March Concacaf Nations League matches:
GOALKEEPERS : Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)
DEFENDERS : Sergiño Dest (AC Milan), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS : Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Soñora (Juárez)
FORWARDS: Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Tim Weah (Lille),
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