USMNT Calls in New Faces for September Friendlies

The United States men’s national soccer team announced its 24-player roster on Tuesday for upcoming September friendlies against Uzbekistan and Oman. Head coach Gregg Berhalter’s squad features a mix of World Cup veterans, recent national team regulars, and some new faces looking to make their mark. 

(Photo: Inter Miami)

Most notably, four uncapped players were called up and have the chance to make their USMNT debuts. Goalkeeper Drake Callender of Inter Miami CF and defender Kevin Paredes of Wolfsburg received their first senior team nods. They are joined by a pair of youngsters getting their first shot in midfielder Ben Cremaschi (18) out of Inter Miami CF and defender Kristoffer Lund (21) who currently plays for Italian club Palermo. 

(Photo: Inter Miami)

Of the four, Cremaschi’s addition is particularly noteworthy. Despite his youth, the Florida native has been a standout for Inter Miami this season, appearing in 21 matches and establishing himself as an exciting central midfielder. Paredes meanwhile, heads to camp after featuring on various USA youth national teams and signing with Wolfsburg this summer. 

(Photo: VfL Wolfsburg)

For Lund, the call-up required a one-time switch from Denmark’s program to represent the USA. The talented centerback captained his country at the U-19 level but holds American citizenship through his mother. He now has the chance to follow in the footsteps of other dual-nationals like Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah.

(Photo: Palermo F.C.)

Berhalter’s balanced squad features a mix of European club standouts and MLS talents. Attacking stars Christian Pulisic (AC Milan) and Weston McKennie (Juventus) lead the way along with defenders Sergiño Dest (PSV Eindhoven) and Antonee Robinson (Fulham). Notably, Pulisic and McKennie will reinforcement their chemistry having both recently transferred to Serie A in Italy.

The USMNT has friendlies against Uzbekistan on September 9th in St. Louis and Oman on September 12th in Minnesota. The matches present opportunities for the new faces to impress in the build up to the 2026 World Cup, while veterans can continue developing chemistry under Berhalter.

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Main Photo by USMNT


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