One of the few predictable elements about the program, however, is that from World Cups to January camps, from competitive fixture windows to off-season workouts and friendly games, most USMNT rosters these days are FC Dallas flavor.
The roster that Greg Berhalter brought to Qatar two months ago had four graduates from the club’s fertile youth system (Kellyn Acosta, Jesús FerreiraWeston McKennie, shack moore). another, walker zimmerman, spent the first five years of his first-team career in North Texas. Several other current or former FCDers topped the list of near misses from that team. Paul AriolaReggie Cannon, Ricardo Pepi, Chris Richards.
The same thing happened this month at the winter rally in Carson, Calif., under interim boss Anthony Hudson.Acosta, Arriola, Ferreira, Zimmermann, Midfielder, although there is little overlap with the aforementioned World Cup squad Paxton Pomical Jonathan Gomez and Alejandro Zendejas can also trace their developmental roots to Frisco.
Note that the last two are Mexican-American dual citizens whose loyalties have been hotly sought by both sides of the cross-border conflict.
Add in the fact that Berhalter’s former assistant Nico Estevez is now the head coach of the FCD and has implemented a press and poses 4-3-3 system very similar to USMNT’s current approach, suggesting that the shared DNA be a strong factor in them. trying to follow.
“Support when returning home [at FCD] Paul and Jesús came in and were great [to the national team] Pomicar, who has returned to the USMNT for the first time since earning his first senior cap in a friendly against Uruguay in September 2019, told reporters on Saturday.
“In the end, my focus was all on home, [Dallas] and good performance. After all, that’s how you got here. But I am happy to be with them. And it’s clear they’ve had great careers here with the national team. Hopefully I can follow in their footsteps. ”
The staying power of this FCD-USMNT pipeline is encapsulated by a sort of cult tagline in certain corners of the Dallas fan base, and the club doesn’t hesitate to promote it on its own social media channels.