USMNT Coach Dave Sarachan Not Looking Into Old Guard

United States head coach David Sarachan has indicated that he is not looking into some of the old guard for the upcoming international friendlies. The North American nation suffered a rather shocking defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in their last World Cup qualifier game and this eventually saw them fail to qualify for the global tournament.

Since then, several younger players have been brought into the mix and Sarachan has admitted that this could be the way to go for major tournaments ahead. Nevertheless, the experienced head coach has not ruled out recalls for the likes of Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, who are unquestionably among the country’s football greats.

Speaking ahead of next month’s friendly against Bolivia, he said: “It’s a no-brainer at this point to allow these matches to be served by a lot of young guys. They need these games. Jozy, Michael, Tim, Clint, you can go through a list of veteran guys, I know them well, we know them well, so it’s not like we need to see them moving forward. The next real competition is down the line. But I do think those guys will factor in, in terms of the [2019] Gold Cup, in terms of the next round of [World Cup] qualifying. At some point, I think it will be important to bring some of those veteran guys back.”

Among the players due to be called up, Christian Pulisic was mentioned and his comeback is likely to provide a much-needed boost for the upcoming friendlies against Bolivia, Ireland, and France. The Borussia Dortmund attacker is expected to join his national teammates in training next month and the game against Bolivia may witness his first appearance since the unfruitful encounter against Trinidad nearly six months ago. United States picked up a 1-0 triumph over Paraguay during the previous international friendly in March. Bobby Wood scored the only goal of the game via the penalty spot in the 45th minute.