Columbus Crew SC midfielder Wil Trapp and goalkeeper Zack Steffen were called into U.S. National Team camp on Tuesday ahead of two European friendly matches. The team will play Ireland next Saturday, June 2nd and France on June 9th.
The U.S. Men’s National Team is retooling after missing out on the upcoming World Cup in Russia and has turned to younger players in the pool, including bringing in the Crew SC duo. Steffen, 23, has two appearances with the U.S. Men’s National Team, including a 90-minute shutout against Paraguay on March 29th.
Trapp, 25, has made four appearances for the team during his career. He also started and went the full 90 minutes in the March 27th friendly against Paraguay, wearing the captain’s armband.
The call-ups will have a significant impact on Crew SC. Trapp and Steffen missed the March game against D.C. United with national team duty. Trapp was replaced by Ricardo Clark and Jon Kempin stepped in for Steffen.
Crew SC has two games during Trapp and Steffen’s national team duty. Columbus plays league games with Toronto FC coming to town on June 2nd and the New York Red Bulls come to MAPFRE Stadium on June 9th. The team also has a U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire sandwiched between the two games on Wednesday, June 6th.
In addition to missing Trapp and Steffen, Federico Higuain picked up a red card against Sporting Kansas City over the weekend and is expected to be suspended for the Toronto match, although head coach Gregg Berhalter said on Tuesday the team will appeal Higuain’s dismissal. Winger Cristian Martinez may be retroactively disciplined for what appeared to be hitting Seth Sinovic on Sunday. Center back Jonathan Mensah and winger Pedro Santos are fighting thigh strains in efforts to return to the lineup.