Sergino Dest, Joshua Wynder and Brandon Vazquez headline USMNT squad to face Mexico in Continental Clasico
- Dest among inclusions
- U.S. set to face Mexico in Continental Clasico
- Game falls outside of international break
WHAT HAPPENED? The U.S. is set to host Mexico on April 19 for the first annual Continental Clasico, a new friendly series that will see the nation welcome regional foes on an annual basis.
Headlining the squad is Sergino Dest, who has been released by AC Milan to join up with the USMNT squad. Otherwise, it's an MLS-led roster. Dest is joined by the likes of Louisville City youngster Joshua Wynder, Atlanta United rising star Caleb Wiley and FC Cincinnati forward Brandon Vazquez, while the team also features World Cup veterans Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long, Sean Johnson, Kellyn Acosta, DeAndre Yedlin, Cristian Roldan, Jesus Ferreira and Jordan Morris.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: The match will be played without many of the USMNT's heavy hitters, as it falls outside of an international break. As a result, names like Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie are unavailable as Hudson leans on a largely-domestic-based squad.
Dest, meanwhile, was released by Milan as the defender has fallen out of the picture while on loan with the Serie A squad.
THE SQUAD IN FULL:
GOALKEEPERS: Drake Callender (Inter Miami), Roman Celentano (FC Cincinnati), Sean Johnson (Toronto FC)
DEFENDERS: Sergino Dest (AC Milan/), Aaron Long (LAFC), Julian Gressel (Vancouver Whitecaps), Matt Miazga (FC Cincinnati), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC), Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United), Joshua Wynder (Louisville City), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), James Sands (New York City FC), Alan Sonora (FC Juárez), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS: Paul Arriola (FC Dallas), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Brandon Vazquez (FC Cincinnati)
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WHAT NEXT FOR USMNT? After the Continental Clasico, the U.S. will look ahead towards another clash with Mexico this summer as they'll face El Tri in the CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals in June.
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