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Steffen, Trapp called up to U.S. Men’s National Team

The Black & Gold duo are once again head to play for their country.

MLS: Montreal Impact at Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC will once again be well represented when the U.S. Men’s National Team reconvene in a week’s time. U.S. Soccer announced today the 24-man roster for upcoming friendlies against Colombia (Oct. 11) and Peru (Oct. 16) and both goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Wil Trapp were once again called in.

Steffen received his first call up to the senior national team in May of 2016 but did not make his debut for the Red, White and Blue until January of 2018. Since then, he has earned five caps with the U.S., including earning a shutout in the 1-0 win over Mexico on Sept. 11.

The Columbus goalkeeper will contend with Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan and Club Brugge’s Ethan Horvath for a starting spot in these two friendlies.

Trapp made his debut for the U.S. National Team in a 3-2 friendly defeat at Chile in January of 2016. Since the failure to make last summer’s World Cup, Trapp has been a regular starter and has worn the captain’s armband for Dave Sarachan’s men. In total, Trapp has eight caps for the the Red, White and Blue.

Unlike Trapp’s recent camps, Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley will take part this time around. Bradley, a veteran of two World Cups, will contend for the holding midfielder role along with Trapp, as well as who will be named captain.

Former Crew SC defender Ben Sweat, who was drafted by the club 14th overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and now plays for New York City FC, earned his first ever call up. This camp also marks the return of star midfielder Christian Pulisic, who plays for Borussia Dortmund. Pulisic did not take part in the September camp due to an injury but was called in by Sarachan this time around.

Fortunately for Crew SC, the Black & Gold do not play the weekend of Oct. 13, meaning neither Steffen nor Trapp is expected to miss any game action. The match against Colombia will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida and the game against Peru will be held at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford,

U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 58/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)

DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 34/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 0/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 5/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 9/1), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 4/0), Ben Sweat (New York City FC; 0/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 54/0)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 19/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 140/17), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 12/4), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 2/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; 5/1)

FORWARDS (3): Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 2/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 3/1), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 41/12)