U.S. Soccer named 25 players to a squad scheduled to face Colombia (Nov. 14, Craven Cottage, London) and the Republic of Ireland (Nov. 18, Aviva Stadium, Dublin) during the year’s final international break.
Some of these guys you’ll know, others you’ll only pretend to know to impress your friends on social media. Don’t be scared. Those are only fake friends. If you can’t disappoint them, you’re doomed to a life of useless people-pleasing. Feel free to admit you know nothing Rubio Rubin.
However, if you spend your life memorizing Wikipedia pages (or, better, altering them to reflect the facts you’ve made up), test your knowledge of obscure U.S. call ups with our helpful quiz.
Regardless, get acquainted with 25 names who are in the process of convening on London. You never know when one of those fake friends is going to track you down in real life.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)