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LouCity's Gomez earns first U.S. Men's National Team call up

By LouCity Communications, 12/03/21, 11:00AM EST

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The defender will join the squad for a west coast camp ahead of a friendly.


Photo: Courtesy of Connor Cunningham

Louisville City FC defender Jonathan Gomez on Friday received a landmark first U.S. Men’s National Team call up for the squad’s December camp and friendly.

The red, white and blue report this weekend to Carson, Calif., for training ahead of a Dec. 18 match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, set for 8 p.m. at Dignity Health Sports Park, home to LA Galaxy. FS1 will broadcast it.

With an eye toward next month's World Cup Qualifiers and Major League Soccer-based players now in the offseason, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter's almost-exclusively domestic-based roster comprises core national team players as well as younger players who have earned opportunities.

“It’s been a great year for the group and our objective is to finish the year with a strong performance against Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Berhalter said. “As we look towards 2022, this camp gives us the opportunity to see some new faces and allows our core domestic players to maintain their fitness levels.”

Gomez in turn gets the chance to show himself to senior national team staff before a move to Spanish club Real Sociedad during the upcoming transfer window. Because the game is a friendly and not formal competition, the 18-year-old outside back can also play without declaring for the USMNT over the longterm.

Along with Orange County SC defender Kobi Henry, Gomez is the first active USL Championship player named to a U.S. senior team squad, according to the league.

“I’m honored to be selected,” Gomez said. “I think it’s a great opportunity to go see the environment and train at a high level.”

A dual national who also spent time earlier this year with Mexico’s national team, Gomez had a breakout 2021 season that ended with him voted the USL Championship’s Young Player of the Year and a spot on the All-League First Team.

The Texas native is a fullback with attacking flair, numbering 2 goals and 8 assists to go with 42 key passes. Defensively, he tallied 117 recoveries thanks to a 75.9 percent tackle success rate and 54.1 percent duel success rate.

As a result Gomez earned himself the rare move from the USL Championship ranks to Real Sociedad, a current top-four club within La Liga, Spain’s first division. The transfer window opens Jan. 1.

Full USMNT Roster (Club; Caps/Goals)

Goalkeepers (3): John Pulskamp (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 12/0)

Defenders (11): George Bello (Atlanta United; 5/0), Justin Che (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City; 0/0), Kobi Henry (Orange County SC; 0/0), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; 1/0), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 21/3), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United; 0/0), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 1/0), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 22/2)

Midfielders (5): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 44/2), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 29/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 15/0)

Forwards (7)Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich II/GER; 0/0), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 4/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 39/10), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 6/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 65/14)


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