USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Gyasi Zardes (57), Paul Arriola (36), Kellyn Acosta (32), Sebastian Lletget (25), Walker Zimmerman (15), Jackson Yueill (13), Jonathan Lewis (8), Shaq Moore (6), Miles Robinson (4), Sam Vines (4), Matt Turner (2) USMNT Starting XI Gold Cup Cap Numbers (including this match): Gyasi Zardes (17), Paul Arriola (11), Kellyn Acosta (6), Walker Zimmerman (4), Jonathan Lewis (2), Sebastian Lletget (1), Shaq Moore (1), Miles Robinson (1), Matt Turner (1), Sam Vines (1), Jackson Yueill (1)
Tonight’s Starting XI has a mean age of 25 years, 360 days. The Starting XI averages 17 caps. Defender Reggie Cannon has experienced right hamstring soreness within the last 24 hours and is being held out as a precaution. His status is day-to-day. Sebastian Lletget captains the USMNT for the primary time tonight. The 28-year-old midfielder is that the 12th different player to wear the armband under head coach Gregg Berhalter.
Ten of 11 starters hail from big-league Soccer, with right-back Shaq Moore (Tenerife; Spain) because of the lone foreign-based player. Moore is one among four players making their USMNT debuts in the official competition tonight, joining goalkeeper Matt Turner and defenders Miles Robinson and Sam Vines. Turner (eligible to represent Lithuania) and Moore (eligible to represent Trinidad and Tobago) will both become officially cap-tied to the USMNT once the opening whistle blows tonight. Moore earns his first USMNT appearance since playing within the 1-0 friendly defeat to Italy on Nov. 20, 2018, in Genk, Belgium.
Kellyn Acosta, Sebastian Lletget, and Jackson Yueill were all a part of the U.S. roster during last month’s Concacaf Nations League triumph. Making his 17th Gold Cup appearance tonight, forward Gyasi Zardes moves past Kyle Beckerman and Pablo Mastroeni for sole possession of 10th on the USMNT’s all-time Gold Cup caps list. The only starter to previously appear against Haiti, Zardes came on as a half-time substitute and assisted on Clint Dempsey’s goal two minutes later during a 1-0 Gold Cup group stage win on July 10, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Walker Zimmerman earns his first start since the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 1, 2020.
Zimmerman and Miles Robinson partner together in central defense for the primary time tonight. It’s the 13th different central defensive pairing deployed under Gregg Berhalter. Tonight’s match marks the second time the trio of Kellyn Acosta, Sebastian Lletget, and Jackson Yueill will work together in midfield. The three previously lined up at the beginning of the USA’s 7-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 31, 2021, in Orlando. Gianluca Busio, Matthew Hoppe, Donovan Pines, and James Sands would earn their USMNT debuts should they enter the match tonight.
Four players beginning the match on the bench would become cap-tied to us should they play tonight against Haiti: George Bello (Nigeria), Gianluca Busio (Italy), Daryl Dike (Nigeria), Nicholas Gioacchini (Italy and Jamaica). A midfielder with Sporting KC, Busio would have the chance of creating his USMNT debut in his home club stadium. Meanwhile, Gioacchini would get to represent the U.S. just 17 miles from where he grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. Teams are allowed five substitutions during the group stage of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The USA holds a good 6-6-5 record in 17 all-time matches against Haiti. Les Grenadiers are one among two Concacaf nations the USMNT doesn’t have a winning record against. The USA is 2-0-1 against Haiti in the Gold Cup play. The USMNT is 20-6-3 in 29 matches under Gregg Berhalter.