Atlanta United and Colorado tied among MLS teams with three players each named to the roster. The three players will leave Atlanta United to join the U.S. camp as early as July 5, with the first training session July 6.
Also making the team are Lilburn native Sean Johnson, a goalkeeper for NYCFC, and Lawrenceville’s Walker Zimmerman, a centerback for Nashville. Berhalter described Zimmerman as a starter with Robinson.
The U.S. team’s first game in the Gold Cup is scheduled to be played July 11. It also has games scheduled for July 15 against Martinique and July 18 against Canada. Should the U.S. advance out of its group, the quarterfinals are scheduled to start July 24, the semifinals July 29 and the finals Aug. 1. The team’s group-stage games will be played at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
The honors bestowed upon the three players will make for a challenging stretch of games for Atlanta United, which is 2-2-6 this season and heading into Saturday’s game at Chicago not among the seven teams above the playoff line. It is one point from the seventh.
The players likely will miss at least two of Atlanta United’s games: July 8 at Nashville and July 17 vs. New England. Should the U.S. continue to advance, they would also miss games scheduled July 21 at Cincinnati, July 24 vs. Columbus, and July 30 at Orlando.
Atlanta United manager Gabriel Heinze said he’s happy for the players, but it does make it tough for a club team’s coach.
Atlanta United’s centerback depth includes Anton Walkes, Alan Franco, George Campbell and Alex DeJohn. The team’s goalkeepers include Alec Kann and Ben Lundgaard. Atlanta United’s other left fullback is Mikey Ambrose.
Fullback Brooks Lennon said he had a conversation with Berhalter a few days ago, and he is going to continue to push to try to be selected for the next camp.
The roster (appearances/goals):
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United; 64/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 1/0)
Defenders (8): George Bello (Atlanta United; 1/0), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 18/1), Shaq Moore (Tenerife/ESP; 5/0), Donovan Pines (D.C. United; 0/0), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 3/1), James Sands (New York City FC; 0/0), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; 3/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 14/2)
Midfielders (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 31/2), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 24/7), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 20/0), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; 0/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 12/0)
Forwards: (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 35/8), Daryl Dike (Orlando City; 3/1), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen/FRA; 3/2), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 7/2), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 56/12)
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Atlanta United’s 2021 MLS schedule
April 17 Atlanta United 0, Orlando 0
April 24 Atlanta United 3, Chicago 1
May 1 New England 2, Atlanta United 1
May 9 Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 1,
May 15 Atlanta United 1, Montreal 0
May 23 Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1
May 29 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2
June 20 Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 2
June 23 NYCFC 1, Atlanta United 0
June 27 Atlanta United 0, New York Red Bulls 0
July 3 at Chicago, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 8 at Nashville, 8:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 17 vs. New England, 5 p.m., ESPN
July 21 at Cincinnati, 7 p.m., FS1
July 24 vs. Columbus, 3:30 p.m., ABC
July 30 at Orlando, 8 p.m., ESPN
Aug. 4 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 7 at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 15 vs. LAFC, 4 p.m. ESPN
Aug. 18 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m. BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 21 at D.C. United, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 28 vs. Nashville, 3:30 p.m., Univision
Sept. 10 vs. Orlando, 7 p.m., FS1
Sept. 15 vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept. 18 vs. D.C. United, 3:30 p.m., Univision
Sept. 25 at Philadelphia,3:30 p.m., Univision
Sept. 29 vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m., FS1
Oct. 2 at Montreal, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 16 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 20 vs. NYCFC, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 27 vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 30 vs. Toronto, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Nov. 3 at New York Red Bulls, TBD, BSSO/BSSE
Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE