The U.S. Men's National Team finished out the week of training camp in Miami with a visit to Bayamón for its first meeting in history against Puerto Rico. Kickoff at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium is set for 12 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FS1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.
This is the first of trio of friendlies which will help the MNT prepare for the upcoming Copa America Centenario. Following the trip to Puerto Rico, the USA will face Ecuador on May 25 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN) [TICKETS] and Bolivia on May 28 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (7 p.m. CT; FS1 and Univision networks) [TICKETS].
On Saturday, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named his 23-player squad for the tournament. A total of eight players that traveled to Puerto Rico will compete in the 16-team event that kicks off June 3 against Colombia. Defenders Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron remained in the United States to work on fitness and will join the team in Dallas on Monday.
Here are some additional story lines to follow for Friday:
MNT TRANSITIONAL ROSTER: This roster is only being used for the transitional training camp and friendly match against Puerto Rico. MLS players will join the team after their weekend matches. Six players were a part of the team to make the Round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup: Tim Howard, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, Alejandro Bedoya, and Julian Green all played important minutes in Brazil.
ON THE YOUTH FRONT: Those veterans are not the only ones to represent their country well in a World Cup recently. Four of the players were part of the 2015 U-20 World Cup team that made the quarterfinals this past year: Emerson Hyndman scored twice while captaining the side and Paul Arriola found the back of the net against hosts New Zealand. Zack Steffen and Matt Miazga were both part of a defense that kept three clean sheets in five games.
FIVE FOR FIRST: Arriola and Steffen join Amando Moreno, Fabrice Picault and Caleb Stanko in hopes of making their senior debuts in Bayamón.
GUZAN NABS NO. 1: Klinsmann has revealed that Brad Guzan will be the first-choice goalkeeper for the Copa America Centenario, and will play the first 45 minutes against Puerto Rico. Guzan boasts a 10-4-4 record in official competition for the United States, which includes matches in World Cup Qualifying, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the Gold Cup and Copa America.
CLUBMATES: The roster features a trio from Mexican side Club Tijuana, while Fulham and Freiburg both have American duos. Orozco, Arriola and Moreno all play south of the border for Xolos. Tim Ream join Hyndman in the fold at Craven Cottage, and Steffen and Stanko were part of the Freiburg's promotion to the Bundesliga.
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U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (5): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
PUERTO RICO ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): José Arroyo (Penn State Abington), Matthew Sanchez (Loyola Greyhounds), Bryant Velázquez (Western Nebraska Community College)
DEFENDERS (4): Emmanuel D'Andrea (Sevilla C), Alexis Rivera (Bayamón FC), Elliot Vélez (Criollos de Caguas FC), Juan Vélez (Criollos de Caguas FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Christian Abreu (Guayanilla Pumas), David Caban (Unattached), Christopher Clark (Albany Great Danes), Juan Coca (Kultsu FC), Michael Fern ández (Bayamon FC), Jeremy Hall (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Marcos Martinez (Club Atletico Fajardo), Darren Rios (Florida International Panthers), Manolo Sanchez (San Antonio FC), Samuel Soto (Bayamón FC)
FORWARDS (4): Luis Betancur (Florida International Panthers), Joseph Marrero (Puerto Rico FC), Olvin Ortiz (Club Atletico Fajardo), Jorge Rivera (Puerto Rico FC)