Gold Cup roster call-ups
By: Andrew Doran
Yesterday, the 16 teams in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament released their 40-man provisional rosters. Out of the hundreds call-in, six are coming from LAFC. Tyler Miller (USA), Walker Zimmerman (USA), Christian Ramirez (USA), Mark-Anthony Kaye (CAN), Dejan Jaković (CAN) and Peter-Lee Vassell (JAM) were all selected to their respective countries.
For the USA Men’s National Team, Zimmerman is the only lock I have for the final 23-man roster. A month ago, I would have placed Ramirez on there as well, but with his lack of form in the last month, he could be knocked out by an up and coming player. Miller, will likely not make the final 23-man roster, only because the goalkeeping for the United States is fairly deep. Unless there is an untimely injury, I see Miller being sent back to LAFC for the June period.
For Canada, Kaye and Jakovic will both make the final 23. Kaye might be one of the best Canadians in MLS right now, so I would expect him to play almost every game for the Reds up north. Even though Jakovic hasn’t played a lot this season for LAFC, he will still be a valuable call up for Canada and will likely be on the bench for a majority of the tournament.
Vassell will be used a lot by Jamaica for the Gold Cup. He was featured in the last international break by the Reggae Boyz, so I expect him to be one of the main corner pieces for them. Jamaica has the chance of making it out of the group stages, as they have a fairly easy group. It will only be good for Vassell, as he can get more competitive minutes from this international tournament.
The Gold Cup competition comes at both a good and bad time for LAFC. There are no known dates for when the roster is going to be cut from the 40-man provisional to the 23-man final, which means that some of the Black & Gold might miss out on the away match in Portland on June 1. But, with the Gold Cup in full swing, LAFC has a long break from MLS play, not playing again until June 28, away at lowly Colorado. (There is a US Open Cup game there as well, but it will be against a USL team). There is only one game that LAFC will need to worry about and that’s on July 3 away to Sporting KC. While every game is an important game, LAFC is very fortunate that their massive games in the summer at the end of July and not the beginning.
The Gold Cup will be really interesting this year since so many national teams are creating new identities and starting to get ready for the 2022 World Cup qualifying. It should be an exciting tournament for die-hards and neutrals alike! We’ll have complete coverage on this website as the tournament and LAFC player start to see action.