UPDATE: Greg Garza left camp on Jan 17 with a ow-grade quadriceps sprain.
The soccer news starts with USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter announcing the 27-player roster for the 2019 January camp. This is Berhalter's first roster since taking the USMNT job earlier this month. The squad will gather in Chula Vista, California on January 6 with friendlies against Panama in Glendale, AZ on Jan 27 (ESPN2 - 8pm ET) and Costa Rica at Avaya Stadium on Feb 2 (Fox - 3:30pm ET).
"In putting together this domestic-based roster, we started with a number of players who we think can be a core part of the group moving forward," Berhalter said. "We then looked at players that excelled this year in Major League Soccer, and finally chose players that can play a specific role in our game model," Berhalter said. "We are very excited to start to implement our ideas about the style of play and the culture we want to develop in the National Team."
USMNT 2019 January camp roster
Update: Jonathan Lewis added to roster on Dec 28.
GK: Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)
DEF: Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Greg Garza (FC Cincinnati; 10/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)
MID: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 23/2), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)
FOR: Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)
Moving to the Bundesliga roundup, USMNT youth player Hadji Wright scored for Schalke in their 2-1 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen. With Leverkusen up two goals from the 35th minute, Weston McKennie setup Wright's goal two minutes into first-half stoppage time. Wright subbed out in the 54th and McKennie saw yellow in the 81st.
Bobby Wood subbed out in stoppage time for Hannover's 1-1 draw at Freiburg. Falling behind to Luca Waldschmidt's 3rd minute penalty, Felipe equalized for Hannover in the 14th minute. Timmy Chandler is injured, missing Eintracht's 2-2 draw at Mainz. Josh Sargent was on the bench and Aron Johannsson wasn't in the squad for Werder Bremen's 1-1 home draw with Hoffenheim.
In Scotland, Emerson Hyndman's Hibernian drew 0-0 at home with Rangers. In the KNVB Beker, Andrija Novakovich subbed out in the 73rd minute for Fortuna Sittard's 2-1 home win over Cambuur. Lisandro Semedo put Fortuna Sittard up in the 19th minute with Lazaros Lamprou scoring in the 80th. Fortuna went down a man with a red card to Aykut Ozer in the 84th. Cambuur pulled a goal back in the 90th minute.
American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta talks to new FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez. MLSsoccer's Sam Stejskal looks at the Galaxy's coaching search. The Austin American-Statesman's Chris Bils and Phil Jankowski report on an agreement for an MLS stadium for a Precourt Sports Ventures owned expansion team.
Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw relays FIFA Council member Reinhard Grindel's problems with FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plans for a revamped Club World Cup and global Nations League. The Guardian's Paul Wilson predicts the end of one club dominating the Premier League.
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