CHICAGO (AP) – Defenseman Aaron Long and forward Jordan Morris return to the United States national team for the first time since serious injuries, joined by 12 players who could make their international debuts against Bosnia. Herzegovina at an exhibit on December 18 in Carson, Calif.
Morris, 27, tore his left ACL on February 20 while on loan from Seattle to Swansea, three years after tearing his right ACL. He returned to the field for the Sounders on November 2.
Long, 29, tore his right Achilles tendon while playing for the New York Red Bulls on May 15. He trained with the USA team last month but was not on the list.
Defender Bryan Reynolds, unused by Roma coach Jose Mourinho in recent months, is the only player on a major European club’s list.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner, defender Walker Zimmerman, midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Cristian Roldan, as well as forwards Ricardo Pepi and Gyasi Zardes are regulars on the national team.
The regulars based in Europe will return next month for the resumption of qualifying for the World Cup.
Among those on the list of 26 players who could debut are goaltenders Gabriel Slonina and John Pulskamp, defenders Justin Che, Jonathan Gomez, Kobi Henry, Brooks Lennon, Kevin Paredes and Austin Trusty, midfielder Cole Bassett and forwards Taylor Booth, Caden Clark and Cade Cowell.
Goalkeepers: John Pulskamp (Kansas City), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago), Matt Turner (New England)
Defenders: George Bello (Atlanta), Justin Che (Dallas), Jonathan Gomez (Louisville), Kobi Henry (Orange County), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Kevin Paredes (DC), Bryan Reynolds (Roma, Italy), Auston Trusty (Colorado), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville)
Midfielder: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado), Cole Bassett (Colorado), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional, Brazil), Cristian Roldan (Seattle), Jackson Yueill (San José)
Forwards: Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich II, Germany), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls), Cade Cowell (San Jose), Jesús Ferreira (Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle), Ricardo Pepi (Dallas; 6/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)
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