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USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina: young players looking for their place in the Stars and Stripes

The friendly match on Saturday, December 18 will be the big test for these players in their quest for a ticket to Qatar 2022. 

The call-up was released more than two weeks ago for the USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina match
The call-up was released more than two weeks ago for the USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina match

This Saturday, the USMNT will face Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly match that will help young players seek their place in the Stars and Stripes and hopefully, earn a ticket to Qatar 2022

The call-up was released more than two weeks ago and upon review, it is clear that coach Greg Berhalter's idea is to test the young talent in the United States. 

What was also sought with the call is that the players who play in MLS do not lose the rhythm of the game so that they start the 2022 tournament in shape. 

This friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina will also be the perfect opportunity for the team to fine-tune its strategy for the international break in January. 

That month, the USMNT will face El Salvador, Canada, and Honduras in critical matches to secure their ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is just around the corner.  

Against this backdrop, it is important to get to know America's promising young players for the future of the national team. 

Young players who will seek their place on the Stars and Stripes

Gabriel Slonina of the Chicago Fire

A complicated option because it seems a given that as a starter for the match, Berhalter will have the experienced Matt Turner.

However, the Fire's young goalkeeper is the youngest goalkeeper to ever make his MLS debut, as the 17-year-old was lined up against NYCFC

But Slonina was up to the task and kept a clean sheet in that game and 10 others, in which he made 45 saves. Because of those numbers, he's a good choice for the friendly match. 

Jonathan Gomez of Louisville City

The Mexican youngster who chose to play for America has the opportunity of a lifetime ahead of him, as Real Sociedad is ready to take him to Europe. 

Gomez achieved two goals and 10 assists in the USL this year, in addition to winning the tournament's "Youth of the Year" award. 

If Berhalter decides that Antonee Robinson will not start the match, Gomez can provide solidity to the team's defense and join the attack when needed. 

Cole Basset, of Colorado Rapids

Everything seems to indicate that Berhalter will field Kellyn Acosta, who has been consolidating his place in the U.S. tactical scheme, in the midfield. 

But fans want to see Cole Basset, who had a tremendous season with the Rapids, in action. 

Why do fans want to see him? Easy: the player scored five goals this season and also provided four assists for his team.

On top of that, his efforts helped Rapids reach first place in the Western Conference. With his passing talent, this player deserves a chance in Saturday's starting lineup. 

Jordan Morris, of Seattle Sounders

The most complicated option of all, especially because he has to compete for the position with Ricardo Pepi, who has established himself with the national soccer team. 

But the main challenge for Morris will be to prove that he is fully healthy and recovered from the terrible ACL injury. 

This terrible injury kept him away from the fields and from the excellent level he was bringing with his club.

However, the friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina seems the ideal opportunity for Morris to show the world that he is ready to regain his place in the soccer elite.  

Walter Gabriel Estrella Yah.

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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