05/20 14:31 CDT Tillman switching from Germany to US, Wright also on roster
Tillman switching from Germany to US, Wright also on roster
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
Bayern Munich midfielder Malik Tillman is switching affiliation from Germany to
the United States and is among 27 players invited to the Americans'
next-to-last training camp ahead of the World Cup.
Haji Wright, a 24-year-old forward from Los Angeles who is on a scoring run in
the Turkish league, also is among the players who could make their U.S. debuts
along with Borussia Mnchengladbach outside back Joe Scally, who was on the
roster for November World Cup qualifiers but did not get in a match.
Glasgow Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and Montreal midfielder Djordje
Mihailovic also were called in Friday after being bypassed in the 14 qualifiers
from September to March.
Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, sidelined since breaking broke a bone in
his left foot on Feb. 22, was invited and could make his return.
Dortmund midfielder Gio Reyna (reoccurrence of leg injury on April 28), Atlanta
defender Miles Robinson (torn left ACL on May 7), Barcelona outside back
Sergio Dest (right hamstring on April 24) and Young Boys striker Jordan Pefok
(hasn't played since May 7) will miss the games due to injuries. Josh Sargent
and Chris Richards are also hurt.
Wolfsburg defender John Brooks and Ausgburg forward Ricardo Pepi were among the
notable omissions. Pepi has been playing constantly for 15 months and has not
scored in 24 matches for club and country since October. Brooks, a 29-year-old
defender who was on the 2014 World Cup roster, has not been picked by U.S.
coach Gregg Berhalter since qualifiers last September.
The U.S. has exhibitions against Morocco on June 1 at Cincinnati and vs.
Uruguay four days later at Kansas City, Kansas, then has CONCACAF Nations
League matches against Grenada on June 10 at Austin, Texas, and at El Salvador
four days later.
The Americans plan a pair of friendlies in Europe in September, then will open
the World Cup in Qatar on Nov. 21 against Wales, Scotland or Ukraine. They play
England four days later and close group play against Iran on Nov. 29.
Tillman, 19, was born in Germany to a father in the U.S military and a German
mother. He played for the U.S. under-15 team in 2016 and for Germany at several
youth levels. Tillman made his Bundesliga debut with Bayern Munich on Dec. 14
and has played in four league, two Champions League and one German Cup matches
this season. The U.S. Soccer Federation said he had applied to FIFA for a
change of affiliation.
Wright played for the U.S. at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup alongside Christian
Pulisic and Tyler Adams and attended a national team training camp in May 2019
that included young players. He scored 14 goals in 31 league matches entering
Friday for Antalyaspor and had a seven-game scoring streak.
Carter-Vickers, 24, helped Glasgow Celtic win the Scottish Premier League this
season in his first season with the club, scoring four goals in 33 league
appearances. A son of former NBA player Howard Carter, he has made eight
international appearances since 2017, all in exhibitions and none since June
2019 against Jamaica.
Mihailovic, 23, has six MLS goals for Montreal this season. He played six times
for the U.S. in 2019 and '20 but not since.
Also among those not included are goalkeeper Sean Johnson; defenders Mark
McKenzie, Matt Miazga, Shaq Moore, Tim Ream, Bryan Reynolds, James Sands and
Sam Vines; midfielders Gianluca Busio and Sebastian Lletget; and forwards
Konrad De La Fuente, Matthew Hoppe and Gyasi Zardes.
Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest, England), Zack Steffen
(Manchester City, England), Matt Turner (New England)
Defenders: George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), Reggie Cannon (Boavista
Portugal), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Glasgow Celtic, Scotland), Aaron Long (New
York Red Bulls), Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes, France), Antonee Robinson (Fulham,
England), Joe Scally (Borussia Mnchengladbach, Germany), DeAndre Yedlin
(Miami), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville)
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (Los Angeles), Tyler Adams (Leipzig, Germany), Luca
de la Torre (Heracles, Netherlands), Weston McKennie (Juventus, Italy), Djordje
Mihailovic (Montreal), Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Cristian Roldan
(Seattle), Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich, Germany)
Forwards: Brenden Aaronson (Salzburg, Austria), Paul Arriola (Dallas), Jess
Ferreira (Dallas;), Jordan Morris (Seattle), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea
England), Tim Weah (Lille, France), Haji Wright (Antalyaspor, Turkey)
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