It certainly has been a hell of a year for Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi. On Thursday, the honors kept coming as the pair were called into the United States Men’s national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers in November against Mexico and Jamaica.
Ferreira returns to the national team for the third time in his career. He made his senior team debut in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 1, 2020. Ferreira also scored his first international brace and added three assists in the 7-0 shutout win against Trinidad and Tobago on January 31, 2021. The 20-year old has had a remarkable season for FC Dallas with eight goals and eight assists.
Pepi earns his third call up to the USMNT following his senior team debut in September where he scored his first USMNT goal and recorded two assists in the 4-1 win against Honduras on Sept. 8 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Pepi scored his first international brace in the 2-0 win against Jamaica on Oct. 7 at Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX.
Along with Pepi and Ferreria, the team has some other former FC Dallas academy players in the mix with Chris Richards, Reggie Cannon, Kellyn Acosta, and Weston McKennie all earning spots on this month’s roster.
The USMNT are second in the Concacaf World Cup Qualifying standings with 11 points and a 3-1-2 record. The USMNT will face Mexico on November 12 (8:10 PM CT; ESPN2, Univision, TUDN) and Jamaica on November 16 (4PM CT; Paramount+, Universo).
Detailed Roster by Position (Club/Country; Caps/Goals):
DEFENDERS (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 22/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 8/0), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER; 4/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 17/1), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 14/3), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 0/0), Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp/BEL; 8/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 69/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 20/2)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 42/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 20/1), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; 7/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 33/8), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 27/7), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 9/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 29/0)
FORWARDS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 13/5), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 41/8), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 2/2), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 4/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 40/16), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 16/1)