USMNT vs. Slovenia: Starting XI & Lineup Notes


LINEUP NOTES
USMNT vs. Slovenia
International Friendly
Jan. 20, 2024
Toyota Stadium; San Antonio, Texas
Pre-Game Coverage: 2:30 p.m. ET on TNT, Telemundo, Universo, MAX and Peacock
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET on TNT, Telemundo, Universo, MAX and Peacock
Social Media: @USMNT on X and Instagram; U.S. Soccer on Facebook, The U.S. Soccer App


Today’s USMNT Starting XI vs. Slovenia:
1-Patrick Schulte, 5-DeJuan Jones, 7-Diego Luna, 8-Aidan Morris, 9-Brian White, 11-Timmy Tillman, 12-Miles Robinson (capt.), 14-Sean Zawadzki, 15-Josh Atencio, 17-Bernard Kamungo, 18-Shaq Moore

Substitutes: 22-Drake Callender, 23-Roman Celentano, 2-Caleb Wiley, 3-Ian Murphy, 4-Nkosi Tafari, 6-James Sands, 10-Jack McGlynn, 13-Duncan McGuire, 16-Nathan Harriel, 19-Esmir Bajraktarevic, 20-Aziel Jackson, 21-John Tolkin

GAME NOTES | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SLOVENIA

  • USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Miles Robinson (28), Shaq Moore (18), DeJuan Jones (8), Aidan Morris (5), Josh Atencio (1), Bernard Kamungo (1), Diego Luna (1), Patrick Schulte (1), Timmy Tillman (1), Brian White (1), Sean Zawadzki (1).
  • Tonight’s Starting XI has an average age of 24 years, 95 days. The lineup also averages six caps.
  • Seven starters earn their USMNT debuts today, taking the total number of players to appear for the USMNT to 867. In order of each player’s Unique USMNT Number, today’s starting debutants are: Josh Atencio (861), Bernard Kamungo (862), Diego Luna (863), Patrick Schulte (864), Timmy Tillman (865), Brian White (866), Sean Zawadzki (867).
  • The seven starting debutants tie a modern era record for most USMNT starting players to earn their first cap in the same match, a mark first set in last year’s January camp friendly against Serbia. It also takes the total number of debuts under Gregg Berhalter to 67 in as many matches, pushing him past Bob Bradley into sole possession of second among USMNT head coaches behind only Bruce Arena (89 debuts in 148 matches).
Coach Debuts Games Coached
Bruce Arena 89 148
Gregg Berhalter 67* 67
Bob Bradley 60 80
Bora Milutinovic 51 96
Lothar Osiander 51 18
Jurgen Klinsmann 50 98
*Number could increase by end of USA-Slovenia

  • Ten substitutes are also in contention to make their debut. The USMNT record for debuts in a match is 12, which occurred on Aug. 3, 1973 vs. Poland and Jan. 10, 1988 at Guatemala.
  • Five players are age-eligible for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris: Atencio, Kamungo, Luna, Morris, and Schulte.
  • Among the seven debutants, midfielder Timmy Tillman joins younger brother Malik in representing the U.S. Men’s National Team. The Tillmans are the 10th set of brothers to appear for the USMNT.
  • With three starters, reigning MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew (Morris, Schulte, Zawadzki) lead the list of nine clubs represented in today’s USMNT lineup. They are joined by Atencio (Seattle Sounders), Jones (New England), Kamungo (FC Dallas), Luna (Real Salt Lake), Moore (Nashville SC), Robinson (Atlanta United), Tillman (LAFC), White (Vancouver Whitecaps).
  • Veteran defender Miles Robinson captains the side for the first time today. He is the 15th different player to captain the USMNT under Gregg Berhalter.
  • Right back Shaq Moore earns his first cap since the 1-0 win against IR Iran in the FIFA World Cup group stage finale on Nov. 29, 2022.
  • Midfielder Aidan Morris appears for the first time since the 6-0 win against St. Kitts and Nevis during the Gold Cup group stage on June 28, 2023 in St. Louis.
  • Defender DeJuan Jones makes his first appearance since the 4-0 win against Oman on Sept. 12 in St. Paul.
  • Eight starters are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with five developed by MLS clubs: Atencio (Crossfire Premier, Seattle Sounders), Luna (San Jose Earthquakes, Barca Residency Academy), Moore (FC Dallas), Morris (Weston FC, Columbus Crew), Robinson (FC Boston Bolts), Schulte (St. Louis Scott Gallagher, Saint Louis FC), White (Players Development Academy), Zawadzki (Columbus Crew).
  • The USA is 41-13-12 in 66 matches under Gregg Berhalter.
  • The USMNT is 0-1-1 in two previous matches against Slovenia. The teams first met during the 2010 FIFA World Cup when the USA rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw. They met in a friendly the following year, with the USMNT earning a 3-2 victory in Ljubljana.
  • Six substitutions are allowed in three different moments. Halftime does not count as a substitution moment.
  • Today’s referee is Luc Lauziere of Canada. This is the first time Mr. Lauziere has officiated a USMNT match. 





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