USMNT vs. St. Kitts and Nevis
2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Group Stage Game No. 2
June 28, 2023
CITYPark; St. Louis, Mo.
Pre-Game Coverage: 9:30 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMás
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMás, Futbol de Primera Radio
Social Media: @USMNT on Twitter and Instagram; U.S. Soccer on Facebook, The U.S. Soccer App
Tonight’s USMNT Starting XI vs. St. Kitts and Nevis: 18-Sean Johnson (capt.), 4-Matt Miazga, 5-Bryan Reynolds, 6-Gianluca Busio, 8-James Sands, 9-Jesús Ferreira, 11-Cade Cowell, 14-Djordje Mihailovic,15-DeJuan Jones, 17-Alex Zendejas, 20-Jalen Neal
Substitutes: 1-Matt Turner, 23-Gaga Slonina, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Aaron Long, 7-Alan Soñora, 10-Cristian Roldan, 12-Miles Robinson, 13-Jordan Morris, 16-Aidan Morris, 19-Brandon Vazquez, 21-John Tolkin, 22-Julian Gressel
- USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Matt Miazga (25), Jesús Ferreira (20), Sean Johnson (13), James Sands (10), Gianluca Busio (10), Djordje Mihailovic (8), Cade Cowell (5), Alex Zendejas (5), Jalen Neal (4), Bryan Reynolds (4), DeJuan Jones (3)
- USMNT Starting XI Concacaf Gold Cup Cap Numbers (including this match): James Sands (8), Gianluca Busio (7), Matt Miazga (6), Djordje Mihailovic (4), Sean Johnson (3), Cade Cowell (2), Jesús Ferreira (2), Jalen Neal (2), Alex Zendejas (2), DeJuan Jones (1), Bryan Reynolds (1)
- USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers in Official Competition (including this match): Jesús Ferreira (11), Gianluca Busio (10), Matt Miazga (9), James Sands (9), Djordje Mihailovic (4), Alex Zendejas (4), Sean Johnson (3), Cade Cowell (2), Jalen Neal (2), Bryan Reynolds (2), DeJuan Jones (1)
- USMNT head coach B.J. Callaghan makes seven changes to the lineup that faced Jamaica on Saturday, with defender Matt Miazga, midfielder James Sands and forwards Jesús Ferreira and Alex Zendejas as the four holdovers.
- With an average age of 24 years, 73 days, tonight’s lineup is the USMNT’s fourth youngest in Gold Cup history.
- With an average of 8.7 caps, tonight’s lineup is the third least experienced USMNT Starting XI in the Gold Cup.
|USMNT Gold Cup Starting XI Youngest Lineup & Lowest Average Caps|
|Date||Average Age||Date||Average Caps|
|7/15/21 vs. Martinique||23 years, 39 days||7/11/09 vs. Haiti||4.8|
|7/25/21 vs. Jamaica||23 years, 280 days||7/15/21 vs. Martinique||5.0|
|7/29/21 vs. Qatar||23 years, 284 days||6/28/23 vs. St. Kitts and Nevis||8.7|
|6/28/23 vs. St. Kitts and Nevis||24 years, 73 days||7/23/09 vs. Honduras||9.5|
|6/12/07 vs. El Salvador||24 years, 142 days||7/4/09 vs. Grenada||9.8|
- Eight of 11 starters are 25 or younger: Alex Zendejas (25), Djordje Mihailovic (24), James Sands (22), Jesús Ferreira (22), Bryan Reynolds (22), Gianluca Busio (21), Cade Cowell (19), Jalen Neal (19)
- Four days after Matt Turner earned a birthday cap, defender Bryan Reynolds does the same, making his Gold Cup debut on his 22nd birthday. Reynolds is the 31st player in USMNT history to earn a birthday cap.
- Having made his debut earlier this year, defender DeJuan Jones earns his first cap in official competition. Jones and Reynolds take the total number of USMNT players to participate in the Gold Cup to 188.
- One of just nine players to make five or more USMNT Gold Cup rosters, veteran goalkeeper Sean Johnson captains the USMNT for the first time tonight. Johnson has been part of USA Gold Cup squads in 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2021, previously appearing in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Conn. and 1-0 victory against Panama on June 26, 2019 in Kansas City, Kan.
|USMNT Players on 5+ Gold Cup Rosters|
|DaMarcus Beasley||6||2002*, 2003, 2005*, 2007*, 2013*, 2015||4|
|Landon Donovan||6||2002*, 2003, 2005*, 2007*, 2011, 2013*||4|
|Clint Dempsey||5||2005*, 2007*, 2011, 2015, 2017*||3|
|Frankie Hejduk||6||1996, 1998, 2002*, 2003, 2005*, 2007*||3|
|Kasey Keller||6||1996, 1998, 2002*, 2003, 2005*, 2007*||3|
|Sean Johnson||5||2013*, 2017*, 2019, 2021*, 2023||3|
|Michael Bradley||5||2007*, 2011, 2015, 2017*, 2019||2|
|Cobi Jones||5||1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002*||1|
|Eric Wynalda||5||1991*, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000||1|
- Forward Cade Cowell and defender Jalen Neal are the third pair of 19-year-olds to start a Gold Cup match for the USMNT. The duo follows DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan (Jan. 21, 2002 vs. Cuba) and George Bello and Gianluca Busio (July 15, 2021 vs. Martinique).
- At 19 years, 309 days, Jalen Neal is the youngest center back to start for the USMNT in 17 editions of the Gold Cup. Neal is also the second youngest center back to earn a start in official competition for the USMNT. He trails only Mike Windischmann who set the mark at 19 years, 165 days when he started the first of three consecutive World Cup qualifiers on May 19, 1985 against Trinidad and Tobago.
- Cowell, Jones and Neal all earn their first starts in official competition.
- Midfielder Djordje Mihailovic earns his first start since the Gold Cup group stage match against Panama on June 26, 2019 in Kansas City.
- Gianluca Busio earns his first appearance since World Cup qualifying. He last appeared as a substitute on March 27, 2022 against Panama and last started on Nov. 16, 2021 at Jamaica.
- Center back Matt Miazga starts back-to-back USMNT matches for the first time since Nov. 12 and Nov. 16, 2020 against Wales and Panama, respectively.
- Midfielder James Sands will appear in his eighth consecutive Gold Cup match, dating back to the 2021 tournament opener against Haiti.
- Reserves Julian Gressel and Gaga Slonina would make the Gold Cup debuts, as well as their debut in official competition if they come off the bench tonight. Should either appear in any match during the Gold Cup, they will be cap-tied to the United States.
- Five substitutions are allowed in three different moments. Halftime does not count as a substitution moment.
- Video assistant referee will be used for all matches in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.
- This is the first meeting between the USA and St. Kitts and Nevis. The Sugar Boyz are the USMNT’s 100th different international opponent.
- The USMNT is 38-1-5 all-time in the Gold Cup group stage and 18-0-2 against Caribbean opposition.
- The referee for tonight’s match is Juan Gabriel Calderon of Costa Rica. The USMNT is 1-0-2 in matches officiated by Calderon, including the 1-0 win against Qatar in the Gold Cup semifinals on July 29, 2021, 0-0 draw at El Salvador in World Cup qualifying on Sept. 2, 2021 and 1-1 draw against Jamaica in World Cup qualifying on Nov. 16, 2021.