Gregg Berhalter believes American players will easily adapt to a freeze.
The United States chose Columbus, Ohio, for its World Cup qualifying game against El Salvador on Jan. 27 and St. Paul, Minnesota, for its Feb. 2 game against Honduras, matches around one meeting. January 30 with Canada in Hamilton, Ontario.
“We know a lot of our guys play in Europe. They’re playing in cold weather right now, ”the US coach said on Friday. “They should be able to adapt quite well. … If it’s tough for us, and we have guys playing in Europe in cold weather, what is it going to be like for Honduras, which comes from Honduras in the middle of the week, with temperatures of 85 , 90 degrees? ”
Wanting to minimize travel and attract a pro-American crowd, Berhalter decided to avoid the East Coast and Florida. He said from Washington, DC, “You can’t play over there. It would be a home game for El Salvador.
January highs in Columbus average 53 degrees Fahrenheit (12 Celsius) and lows average 35 degrees (2), while the average February 2 high in the Twin Cities is 25 (minus-4) and the average minimum is 9 (minus-13).
“The pitch will not be a problem. The ground will be soft. The ground is going to be fluid, ”Berhalter said of Minnesota. “There could be a case where we have heavy snow during the game which could affect it for sure. And we expect an average snowfall in January. There is no exact science for this. … As for the cold, everything will be fine. We will be able to face the cold. It’s like that. Even if it happens at temperatures like this, we can play. “
Berhalter has announced his 26-man roster for an exhibition against Bosnia-Herzegovina on December 18 in Carson, Calif., In an effort to keep Major League Soccer players out of the season fit for the playoffs.
Defender Aaron Long and forward Jordan Morris are back for the first time since serious injuries, joined by 12 players who could make their international debuts.
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 1 and appeared in three club games.
“If we don’t include him in this camp, he has no chance of making it to qualifying,” Berhalter said. “Our job now is to work with him over the next four weeks when we’re at camp to prepare him to see if he can make an impact in the World Cup qualifiers. We know his level of talent. We know what he brings to the team. It gives us another dimension.
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.
Roma defender Bryan Reynolds, who has only played two minutes in Serie A this season under Jose Mourinho, is the only player from a major European club.
Taylor Booth, a 20-year-old striker, is with Bayern Munich II. He played one game for the senior team, a 12-0 loss to fifth-division Bremer in the German Cup first round on August 25.
Johnny Cardoso is the only other player based abroad. The 20-year-old midfielder plays for Brazil’s Internacionale, whose season ends on December 9.
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.
At the start of camp on Monday, the roster will average 23 years, 110 days and include 15 players aged 20 and under.
Among those who could make their debuts are goalkeepers 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.
Gomez, an 18-year-old eligible to play for the United States and Mexico, will move next month from second-division Louisville to Spain’s Real Sociedad.
Orlando forward Daryl Dike was failed to give him time to recover from a year he was loaned to Barnsley, and Atlanta defenseman Miles Robinson was put on rest. Montreal midfielder Djordje Mihailovic has been left out to allow him to train with Bologna.
Former Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez is filling out papers to join Berhalter’s squad. Nico Estévez left the USA squad this week to replace Gonzalez as Dallas coach.
The list :
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)