The United States Men’s National Team begins a three match slate of friendlies tonight in Chester, PA against Bolivia. As neither team qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Russia, both teams are taking young and experimental rosters into action over the next couple of weeks to test teams going to the World Cup. The average age of the US roster is a tick under 23 years of age, and while skewing ever so slightly older, La Verde are similarly youthful and called in a group that has only 4 players with more than 5 caps. Here’s some quick notes.
- Local ties include FCD academy alum, Weston McKennie; the intriguing Keaton Parks, who progressed through the Dallas youth scenes and some uncertain times in the lower divisions of Portugal to earn a contract extension at Benfica recently; and Cameron Carter-Vickers, son of former Dallas Maverick, Howard “Hi-C” Carter.
- With an eye towards the Olympics, 9 players on the roster are age-eligible for Tokyo 2020: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Weston McKennie, Olosunde, Palmer-Brown, Parks, Pulisic, Robinson, Sargent and Tim Weah.
- Of the 22 players called in, only 2 play in MLS.
- Of the 22 players call in, only 2 were born after 1990. This makes me feel really old.
Speaking of which, the young lineup is a dream for lazy headline writers! If the US does well, get ready for some ‘The Kids are Alright’ in your near future. If you’re looking for something that isn’t absolutely tired, here are a few suggestions.
- If the Yanks get a shutout, try instead, “The kids are wall, right?”
- If the Yanks crush the Bolivians, might I recommend, “The kids ball all night.”
- If the Yanks end up being part of an undercover sting to thwart a diamond heist, “The kids betray Mr. White.”
I’ll expand on this theme in the comments this evening (where you can actually rant about the game, too) as there are certainly outcomes outside of these three (definitely most likely) outcomes. You have my blessing to claim them as your own.
Conformaciones de Bolivia y Estados Unidos— Víctor Quispe Perca (@EstadisticoBo) May 28, 2018
Ronald Raldes es titular y capitán en su partido 100 con la selección nacional.
Es el primer boliviano en lograr esta marca. pic.twitter.com/J8urYLS5E8
How to Watch
Kickoff Time: 5:30 p.m. CDT
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Available TV: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes