U.S. Soccer revealed the squad for the U.S. Men’s National Team friendly against Trinidad & Tobago scheduled for Jan. 31, and two San Jose Earthquakes players, JT Marcinkowski and Jackson Yueill, made the team.
The friendly will wrap up the annual USMNT January training camp, which this year was a combined senior national team and U-23 squad, now trimmed and consolidated. A third Earthquakes player, Cade Cowell, was not on the squad for the T&T game, although Cowell was getting his first call-up and I believe he was the youngest player in the entire camp, at just 17 years of age, so he may have been there primarily to soak up the environment and get a look at the national team set-up, something Gregg Berhalter has done previously with young call-ups.
Marcinkowski is looking for his senior team debut himself, and with the other players called up at his position being Matt Turner and Matt Freese, I think he has a solid shot of playing in this game. No guarantee, but this is probably his best chance to get that first cap.
Yueill, meanwhile, has been a fixture for the USMNT and looks set to stay there, and I expect he’ll play against T&T.
The game is to be played at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, and believe it or not, they’re letting in some fans. We’ll keep you posted if the Quakes players feature in the match.
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