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D.C. United has two players in each squad for this one, so it might actually be fun
The United States concludes its traditional January camp with a friendly against Costa Rica. Things didn’t go according to plan, with initial plans to train in Qatar thrown off amid extremely high tensions between the U.S. government and Iran. Instead, the USMNT trained stateside, and will take on a familiar Concacaf foe in California.
I’m not watching this unless there’s a D.C. United player involved: Well, my friend, you’re in luck, because there are four United player split between the sides. Here are quick thoughts on each player:
- Paul Arriola: He’s probably going to start, but it’s not clear which wing he’ll be on. Given that United has added Julian Gressel, it might be helpful if Gregg Berhalter starts him on the left wing.
- Bill Hamid: Unfortunately Berhalter has already biffed this one, but could redeem himself by bringing Hamid on at halftime.
- Joseph Mora: The choice for coach Ronald Gonzalez Brenes at left back is between Mora and NYCFC’s Ronald Matarrita. Matarrita has held sway for a long time, but this camp was a good chance for Mora to prove himself head-to-head. Here’s hoping that’s how things went.
- Ulises Segura: Like Mora, Segura’s back in after a fairly long time spent on the outside of the Costa Rican squad. We’ll see if he can get the start over former MLS attacker Johan Venegas on the right wing.
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, CA)
Kickoff time: 3:55pm Eastern
Projected USMNT starting 11: (433) – Sean Johnson; Reggie Cannon, Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long, Sam Vines; Christian Cappis, Jackson Yueill, Sebastian Lletget; Ulysses Llanez, Jesus Ferreira, Paul Arriola
Along with Johnson, we know via ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that FC Dallas attacker Jesus Ferreira will start today. Everything else is a guess. In some cases it’s an educated guess, while other positions are a total toss-up. Much like Ferreira, Llanez, Cappis, and Vines are all probably in line for their first caps.
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What are you drinking?: Given the beer and heavy foods bonanza that is the Super Bowl tomorrow, I’m probably going to take it easy today. Polar grapefruit seltzer.
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