Young, promising U.S. men's national soccer team could get extra boost from dual-national players

Andre Fernandez, Special to USA TODAY Sports
Published 9:21 a.m. ET Dec. 23, 2020

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Three wins and a draw wasn’t bad for a limited U.S. men’s national soccer team season in 2020.

If you ask USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, their biggest victory was seeing indicators both at home and overseas of their program’s increased depth.

“This is still a young group,” Berhalter said. “But the sky’s the limit. Next year is a big year and we need a lot of players.”

In Europe, Weston McKennie (Juventus), recently voted as U.S. Soccer’s Male Player of the Year, Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) and Sergino Dest (Barcelona) all had notable performances on three of that continent’s premier clubs.

And earlier this month, a primarily MLS-based squad with nine players making their international debuts routed El Salvador 6-0.

Julian Araujo, one of those young debutants, assisted on one of fellow first-timer Chris Mueller’s two goals in the match.

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