The U.S. Men’s National Team have called up Auston Trusty and Matt Turner for the upcoming international break, whilst continuing talks with Folarin Balogun.
The USMNT named their 24-man squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League matches on Wednesday, with Arsenal’s Matt Turner included once again.
As well as Turner, Arsenal loanee Auston Trusty finally received a call-up for the national side, after making himself a popular figure with Birmingham City in the Championship.
Folarin Balogun: A Dual-National Dilemma
There’s also been a lot of speculation about Folarin Balogun, largely due to his impressive form on loan with Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims this season.
The striker is eligible for both England and the U.S., but he isn’t in either senior squad for the March break.
Anthony Hudson on Balogun: “Open Dialogue Continues”
“All I’ll say, there is open dialogue with him and his team,” USMNT interim boss Anthony Hudson told the media. “That dialogue is continuing. That’s all I can say.”
It’s a big decision for Balogun to make, especially with the World Cup co-hosted by the United States in 2026. Born in the U.S. but raised in England, the 21-year-old could go either way.
Auston Trusty aiming for 2026 World Cup spot
Meanwhile, Trusty will be delighted to have the chance to make his debut for his country, even if he’s just narrowly missed the opportunity to be involved at the World Cup.
Birmingham City boss John Eustace regularly advocated for Trusty’s inclusion at the winter tournament, but it wasn’t to be. He’ll now have his sights set on making himself a regular starter by the time that 2026 World Cup comes around.
As for Turner, it’s good to see he hasn’t lost his place after limited minutes with Arsenal, and the games over the break should keep him ticking over.
USMNT’s Upcoming CONCACAF Nations League Matches
The U.S. play away to Grenada on Saturday, 25th March at 00:00 GMT, before hosting El Salvador on Tuesday, 28th March at 00:30 GMT.
They sit second in their group with a game in hand on El Salvador, who are one point above them.
A win over El Salvador or avoiding defeat in both games would be enough to guarantee progression to the Nations League semi-final this June.