U.S. Soccer released a 28-man roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s upcoming friendly against Jamaica on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and two Los Angeles Football Club players are among the call-ups.
Goalkeeper Tyler Miller is one of three backstops selected and defender Walker Zimmerman is among nine called up in that position group by USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter. Zimmerman has six senior caps and Miller has not yet made his debut for his country.
The Jamaica friendly is one of two tune-up friendlies ahead of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, which starts later this month. In the second friendly, they will play Venezuela on June 9 in Cincinnati.
The call-up presumably helps the cases of Zimmerman and Miller in being on the Gold Cup roster, although it’s not guaranteed, either. It seems at this point Zimmerman is a good bet to make the roster, and Miller has an increasingly good chance, although he does not seem likely to play at the Gold Cup unless there was an injury/red card crisis.
All of this seems to hurt Christian Ramirez’s chances of going to the Gold Cup. He was on the preliminary roster, so he can still get called up, but this seems to be a sign he won’t make the cut. We’ll see next week when the final roster is announced.
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