Newly acquired FC Cincinnati defender Greg Garza was called-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team for their annual January Camp. Garza becomes the first player in FC Cincinnati history to earn that honor.
The January camp is held in Chula Vista, California and lasts from January 6 through February 2. That session includes friendlies against Panama on January 27th and Costa Rica on February 2nd.
Newly appointed U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) coach Gregg Berhalter had the following to say about the upcoming camp.
“Being in Chula Vista will help us create a team environment as we start to establish our culture and really be able to work on the details of our style of play. The facilities are outstanding and provide everything we need to accomplish our goals both on and off the field. They are accustomed to hosting elite athletes, so we believe this will be a great place for this group to get started.”
Garza has ten senior caps for the USMNT, including nine friendlies and one 2015 Gold Cup appearance. Most of his appearances occurred in 2014 and 2015. However, he appeared more recently in a 0-0 draw with Serbia in January of 2017.
Full 27-Man U.S. Roster for January Camp
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)
DEFENDERS (10): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Greg Garza (FC Cincinnati; 10/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 23/2), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)
FORWARDS (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)
The opportunity for Garza is significant. Not only does he have the ability to make an impact during Berhalter’s first January camp, but he can compete to fill the recent void at left fullback for the USMNT.
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