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Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes earn U.S. National Team call-ups

The Black & Gold are sending two to the National Team

United States v Guyana: Group D - 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The U.S. Men’s National Team will have a couple familiar faces next month. Columbus Crew SC striker Gyasi Zardes and midfielder Wil Trapp will be part of Gregg Berhalter’s squad during their September games.

Zardes rejoins the National Team after scoring three goals in the Gold Cup, including a brace against Trinidad and Tobago in the U.S.’s 6-0 win in Cleveland, Ohio. The forward has accrued 51 appearances and has 10 goals since earning his initial call-up in 2015.

The striker had a career rebirth after his move to the Crew in January 2018. Zardes scored 19 goals last season and currently has 11 in 2019. His 30 goals in Black & Gold puts him 11th on the team’s all-time goal scoring list. A total that has come in 56 league games.

Trapp has been a mainstay on the National Team roster since rejoining the player pool in 2018 with 17 of his 19 caps coming in the last two years. Trapp was part of the January player camps in 2015 and 2016, making a single appearance in each, but was a key part of caretaker manager Dave Sarachan’s 2018 squad, making nine appearances, all but one as captain.

The midfielder is a trusted part of Berhalter’s group, making eight more appearances in 2019, including being part of the Gold Cup squad that finished second to Mexico.

Former Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen also joins the squad as one of four goalkeeping options.

The U.S. National Team plays twice in September. The team hosts Mexico in a friendly on Friday, Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium in the metro New York area. The U.S. then faces South American giants Uruguay on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The friendlies come before the new CONCACAF Nations League starts in October. The U.S. will play two league games in October against Cuba in the Cayman Islands and hosting Canada. The team plays the reverse fixtures in November. Berhalter stated that the September roster mixes in team veterans with newer pool players. This is a chance to impress in hopes of being part of the Nations League squad.

Columbus’ duo won’t miss any league games, lessening the impact to the Crew’s scant playoff hopes. The Black & Gold is joining most of MLS and in pausing during the international break. Columbus plays the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at MAPFRE Stadium before taking a week break and resuming MLS action on Sept. 14 with a trip to Atlanta United.