The U.S. Men’s National Team opened their 2021 slate on Sunday, a year expected to be very busy for the senior team. The first game, to close the annual January training camp, ended in stellar fashion, with a 7-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly at Exploria Stadium in Orlando.
One San Jose Earthquakes player, Jackson Yueill, featured in the match. The midfielder started and played 64 minutes, during which the U.S. scored all seven goals. Yueill had the pass before the assist for the final goal on the day, scored by Jesús Ferreira.
Jackson with a DIME— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) February 1, 2021
The other Earthquakes player who was in training camp until the friendly was JT Marcinkowski, but he was not on the matchday roster, and I couldn’t see a specific reason why he was not in contention to play.
Given there’s a crop of Americans now playing professionally at some very big clubs in Europe, I wouldn’t say that Yueill is a lock to make the A-Team when everyone’s available, but he’s been getting consistent minutes for his country. I wouldn’t be shocked if he makes the Gold Cup roster, for example, depending on if the U.S. qualifies for the Olympics and when the two tournaments will take place.
Best of all, it looks like he didn’t get hurt. Hopefully it stays that way!
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