Lennon, 24, has 20 appearances for the U.S. youth teams but has yet to appear for the U.S. senior team. Lennon was acquired by Atlanta United in a trade with Real Salt Lake before the 2020 season. Lennon has 55 appearances for the Five Stripes as part of 141 appearances in MLS. He had a career-high six assists this season. He did participate in the January training camp for the U.S. in 2018.
Berhalter said that Lennon is a player who they’ve tried to call up to past training camps, notably the January 2021 camp, but couldn’t because Atlanta United didn’t want to release players. It was working under a new manager, since-fired Gabriel Heinze, and preparing for the Champions League.
“I think he showed that relentlessness of attacking and defending up and down the line and really, really good fitness,” Berhalter said of Lennon’s 2021 MLS season.
Both Bello and Lennon are attacking fullbacks or wingbacks, but do their jobs differently. Lennon typically stays outside, from where he will deliver crosses. His 70 key passes were tied for seventh-most in the league this season. Bello typically likes to cut inside with underlapping runs and attack the goal. He had a career-high 29 shots this season. That total was among the highest for MLS defenders.
Other left backs on the U.S. roster include Jonathan Gomez of Louisville City and Kevin Paredes of D.C. United. Other right backs include Bryan Reynolds of Roma.
The January camp will be ahead of qualifying games against El Salvador on Jan. 27, Canada on Jan. 30 and Honduras on Feb. 2.
Name (club; appearances/goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): John Pulskamp (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 12/0)
DEFENDERS (11): George Bello (Atlanta United; 5/0), Justin Che (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City; 0/0), Kobi Henry (Orange County SC; 0/0), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; 1/0), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 21/3), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United; 0/0), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 1/0), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 22/2)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 44/2), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 29/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 15/0)
FORWARDS (7): Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich II/GER; 0/0), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 4/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 39/10), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 6/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 65/14).
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