George Bello Added To U.S. Men’s National Team Roster For March World Cup Qualifying Training CampArminia Bielefeld Defender to Join Team in Houston in Replacement of Injured Sergiño Dest
CHICAGO (March 18, 2022) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has added defender George Bello to the training camp roster to prepare for the final trio of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches. The BioSteel USMNT Training Camp roster will begin reporting to camp in Houston this weekend.
Bello replaces Barcelona defender Sergiño Dest, who was injured in his club’s 2-1 win against Galatasary on March 17 in the UEFA Europa League.
The 20-year-old defender has played six times for the USMNT, including a start in the 1-0 victory against Mexico in the championship final of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the 4-1 win away to Honduras in World Cup Qualifying.
Bello transferred from Atlanta United to Arminia Bielefeld of the German Bundesliga on Jan. 31, making his debut for the new club on Feb. 7 against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
This World Cup qualifying cycle wraps up with a trio of matches during the March international window as the USA faces regional rival Mexico in Mexico City on March 24 (10 p.m. ET, Univision, TUDN, CBS Sports Network, Paramount+), Panama in Orlando, Fla. on March 27 (7 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMás, TUDN) and Costa Rica in San Jose on March 30 (Paramount+, Universo, Peacock).
After 11 matches played in the final round of qualifying, the USA sits in second place with the top three teams in Concacaf clinching automatic berths to Qatar, while the fourth-place team will participate in an intercontinental playoff in June.
Detailed Roster by Position (Club/Country; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 7/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 26/0),
DEFENDERS (9): George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld/GER; 6/0), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 24/1), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 21/3), Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes/FRA; 2/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 22/2), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 17/3), James Sands (Rangers/SCO; 7/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 71/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 25/3)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 48/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 24/1), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; 8/0), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED; 5/0), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 13/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 31/0)
FORWARDS (9): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 18/5), Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; 43/8), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 7/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 43/10), Jordan Pefok (Young Boys/SUI; 8/1), Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg/GER; 9/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 45/18), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund; 9/4), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 20/2)