Jesse Gonzalez Added to Roster for Team USA’s Friendlies Against Ecuador & Chile

Jesse Gonzalezwill be stepping up for Team USA

The 23-year-old Mexican-American soccer player, a goalkeeper for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer, is replacing Zack Steffen on the U.S. roster for friendlies against Ecuador and Chile, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced. 

Jesse Gonzalez

Steffen, who started the first two matches under new U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter, played in the Crew’s 1-0 win over Dallas on Saturday night. 

Gonzalez has trained with the U.S. team in a pair of camps but has not yet made his debut. He made a one-time change of affiliation in 2017 and was on the U.S. roster for the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also was on the roster for the November 2017 exhibition at Portugal, the first game after interim coach Dave Saracan replaced Bruce Arenafollowing the Americans’ failure to qualify for the World Cup.

The other goalkeepers on the U.S. roster are Sean Johnson of New York City and Ethan Horvathof Club Brugge. Berhalter again bypassed Atlanta’s Brad Guzan, the Americans’ No. 2 goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup.

The U.S. play Ecuador on Thursday in Orlando, Florida, and Chile five days later in Houston.

The revised roster:

Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (Dallas), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Belgium), Sean Johnson (New York City).

Defenders: John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Germany), Omar Gonzalez(Atlas, Mexico), Nick Lima(San Jose), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal), Matt Miazga (Reading, England), Tim Ream (Fulham, England), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle, England).

Midfielders: Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, Germany), Michael Bradley (Toronto), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke, Germany), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Cristian Roldan (Seattle), Wil Trapp (Columbus).

Forwards: Paul Arriola(D.C.), Corey Baird (Salt Lake), Jonathan Lewis (New York City), Jordan Morris (Seattle), Christian Ramirez (Los Angeles), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus).

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