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Ochoa Named to U.S. Roster for Nations League

CHICAGO/SANDY, Utah (Monday, May 24, 2021) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has called up Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa among 23 players that will represent the United States in the Concacaf Nations League Final Four. Along with Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico, the USMNT is seeking to capture the inaugural tournament title. The roster, presented by Biosteel, will be officially submitted later today.  In preparation for the event, the USMNT will take on No. 13-ranked Switzerland on May 30 in St. Gallen as the USA prepares for its final match ahead of the Concacaf Nations League Final Four. ESPN, UniMás and TUDN will broadcast the match live from kybunpark at 2 p.m. ET.

Fans will also be able to follow the match via Facebook, Twitter @USMNT, Instagram @USMNT and the official U.S. Soccer App.

This marks Ochoa’s second call-up to the senior national team after previously being called in for the U.S. National Team’s January camp this year, though his camp was cut short with an injury in the opening days of training.  In five matches for Real Salt Lake this season, the 20-year-old RSL Academy product is 2-1-2 with one shutout and a 1.20 goals against average.  He made a career-high eight saves on Saturday in a 2-2 draw against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium.  In his first professional season, he helped the Real Monarchs to the USL Championship title, posting 1.15 goals against average in five playoff victories.  In 22 career regular season matches with the Monarchs he is 9-9-4 with four shutouts and a 1.41 goals against average.

“We are excited to gather this group together as we compete to win the Nations League trophy,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “It’s been a great year for our player pool and the unprecedented successes of winning multiple league and cup championships. Our focus now becomes continuing this success with the National Team.”

Detailed Roster by Position (Club/Country; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/0), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 21/0)
DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 40/3), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 14/0), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 7/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 21/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 42/1), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 10/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 62/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 27/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 12/1), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 20/6), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 21/6), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 4/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0)
FORWARDS: (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 4/2), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 15/9), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 4/2), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 13/5), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys/SUI; 2/0), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 10/1)

With the USMNT competing for a pair of trophies this summer - the 2021 edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup is set to kick off in July – several players have already earned silverware with their clubs. In fact, a total of nine players on the roster are entering with a championship under their belt. Brenden Aaronson did the double, winning the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup. Zack Steffen also won two trophies with Manchester City, backstopping the club to the English League Cup and becoming the first USMNT player to win the Premier League. Sergiño Dest (Barcelona) lifted the Copa del Rey in Spain, with Weston McKennie (Juventus) in Italy along with Gio Reyna (Dortmund) in Germany and Mark McKenzie (Genk) in Belgium also winning their respective cup competitions. Tim Weah is a French league champion with Lille, his outfit winning for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, while Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge are league winners for the second season running and Jordan Siebatcheu helped Young Boys to the top of the Swiss league table for the fourth consecutive year.

And still, one big title remains. The USMNT will gather around the screen the evening of May 29 to watch a teammate lift the UEFA Champions League trophy, as Christian Pulisic and Steffen square off when Chelsea takes on Manchester City in the final.

Members of the USMNT finished in top four teams in each of the five biggest leagues in Europe, starting with the league title winners in England (Steffen, Manchester City) and France (Weah, Lille). In Germany, U.S. internationals populate three of the top four with Tyler Adams (RB Leipzing, 2nd), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, 3rd), and John Brooks (Wolfsburg, 4th). Sergiño Dest completed his first season at Barcelona with the Catalan club finishing in third. Christian Pulisic and Chelsea secured the fourth spot on the final matchday, a feat and position matched Weston McKennie and Juventus.

All eight players will a part of next year’s UEFA Champions League.

In another sign of U.S. internationals staking their claim, nine players on the roster just completed seasons where they made 30 or more appearances in a European top-flight league: Weston McKennie (34 GP; Juventus), Yunus Musah (32 GP; Valencia), Jordan Siebatcheu (32 GP; Young Boys), Gio Reyna (31 GP; Borussia Dortmund), Josh Sargent (31 GP; Werder Bremen), John Brooks (31 GP; Wolfsburg), Reggie Cannon (31 GP; Boavista), Sergiño Dest (30 GP; FC Barcelona), Matt Miazga (30 GP; Anderlecht)

Due to the global pandemic, the USMNT enters the summer with a scarcity of matches in official competition, having played only four since the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Overall, the 23-player group averages just under six caps in official competition, with a total of 10 seeking their first. The leader of the squad is 2014 FIFA World Cup veteran DeAndre Yedlin (27), followed by Christian Pulisic (24) and Tim Ream (19).

The U.S. Men’s National Team finished atop Group A of Concacaf Nations League A and advanced to the Final four after posting a 3-1-0 record in matches against Cuba and Canada.

Weston McKennie, Jordan Morris and Josh Sargent paced six different U.S. goal scorers with three apiece. McKennie and Morris put their names in history books against Cuba on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C, with McKennie recorded the USMNT’s fastest hat trick from the start of a match just 13 minutes in while Morris scored a goal and provided a record-tying three assists.

The May 30 encounter is a lead-in to three significant competitions in 2021, beginning with the Concacaf Nations League Final Four. Winners of League A’s Group A, the USMNT takes on Honduras in one semifinal, while Mexico and Costa Rica will square off in the other, with the winners competing for the inaugural Nations League title.

The USA will have a chance to meet one of its closest Concacaf rivals on June 9 in the friendly against Costa Rica in Salt Lake City. Heading into this summer, the USMNT have a narrow 17-16-5 edge in the series through a rich history of 38 matches played since 1975.

The following month, the U.S. will compete in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup in search of its seventh confederation championship title. The USMNT has been drawn into Group A with Canada, Martinique and a third team to be determined through a qualifying tournament. The United States last lifted the trophy in 2017, when Jordan Morris netted the game-winner against Jamaica in the 2-1 victory.

Those games serve as prelude to the start of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying, which will feature an eight-team final round and commence in Sept. of 2021.