Two young Columbus Crew SC stalwarts are being brought into the National Team. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Wil Trapp will join the national team for their game against Paraguay on March 27th.
Trapp, 25, has been a mainstay of the National Team’s January camp in recent years, but has only secured three caps, the last coming in January. Steffen, 22, has risen though the youth National Teams and made his debut with the senior team in January. Both are trying to become a part of the future National Team setup during a period of great transition after the U.S. missed out on the World Cup.
A key part of the transition is the influx of new players. The Crew SC pair are part of that youth movement. The average age on the roster is 23. At 24, defender DeAndre Yedlin leads the roster with 49 caps, 25 year old Bobby Wood is next at 36 caps, while the veteran of the group is Eric Lichaj at 29 years old.
Red hot striker Gyasi Zardes missed out on an invite as American interim head coach Dave Sarachan focused on an influx of new players.
The U.S. team will come together on Monday, March 26th before playing Paraguay on Tuesday the 27th in Cary, North Carolina. The call-ups occur between two Crew SC games. The Black and Gold plays D.C. United on March 24th and Vancouver Whitecaps on March 31st. Trapp and Steffen aren’t expected to miss time.