After the January roster was announced 17 of the 24 MLS clubs were represented. I assumed this was pretty much normal and nothing fishy at this point was happening (I was wrong, just wait). Within the next 10 months Minnesota, Atlanta & New England would be added to the list of MLS clubs with players called up to the national team.

At this point, only four four clubs have not had a player called up in 2019. All only in the last 10 months since Gregg Berhalter was installed as coach.

  1. Houston (Which as of August has Christian Ramirez who was formerly called up)
  2. Sporting KC (which might have the most former USMNT players on it; Zusi, Besler, Opara, Rowe & also the location of a major US training center)
  3. Vancouver (which… isn’t American… enough said)
  4. Orlando (… which has no excuse).

Is USMNT and USSF making call ups to gain viewership and support from MLS fan bases?

With only four teams (and only one completely unrepresented) will we see that team have a player called up in the near future? January camp is coming soon. Will it be Chris Mueller… or maybe a blast from the past (especially from our ineptitude at the striker position) and see Dom Dwyer called up? Or will Berhalter continue to be himself and call up someone that is not on anyone’s radar (just like Aaronson, Gasper or Turner)?

In that case it could be Benji Michel or Kyle Smith or even Dannilo Acosta. Whoever it is… Orlando will be the next team to get USMNT players called up from. Orlando has already had two USMNT games in 2019 (March 21 vs Ecuador and the upcoming November 15th game vs Canada). The federation (USSF) is doing their best effort to gain fan bases and viewership in EVERY MLS market.

MLS players called up in the 10 months that Gregg Berhalter has been coach by team:

Brad Guzan
Miles Robinson

Djordje Mihailovic

Greg Garza
Joe Gyau

Wil Trapp
Gyasi Zardes

Paul Arriola
Russell Canouse

Daniel Lovitz

New England
Matt Turner

New York (FC)
Sean Johnson
Jonathan Lewis

New York (RB)
Aaron Long

Not called up, but historic USMNT:
[Dom Dwyer]
[Sasha Kljestan]

Young Americans from U20s:
[Danilo Acosta]

Mark McKenzie
Auston Trusty

Jozy Altidore
Alex Bono
Michael Bradley
Omar Gonzalez

Kellyn Acosta
Jonathan Lewis
Keegan Rosenberry

Reggie Cannon
Jesse Gonzalez
Paxton Pomykal

Christian Ramirez (currently on Houston, not when called up)

Tyler Miller
Walker Zimmerman

LA (G)
Sebastian Lletget

Chase Gasper

Jeremy Ebobisse

Salt Lake
Corey Baird
Justin Glad

San Jose
Nick Lima
Jackson Yueill

Jordan Morris
Chrisitan Roldan

Kansas City*
Not called up, but historic USMNT:
[Matt Besler]
[Benny Feilhaber]
[Kelyn Rowe]
[Graham Zusi]

Young Americans from U20s:
[Gianluca Busio]
[Jaylin Lindsey]
[Gedion Zelalem]


* do not currently contain USMNT from Berhalter’s rosters in 2019


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