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Aaronson and McKenzie get USMNT call for Nations League pre-camp

The Philadelphia Union homegrown duo heads to Bradenton, Fla. this weekend

2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Photo by Lukasz Sobala/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie are among a group of 20 players heading to Bradenton, Fla. this weekend for a U.S. Men’s National Team pre-camp for MLS players who have already completed their seasons.

European-based players will join up with the group for the formal start of camp on November 10.

The U.S. finishes up Concacaf Nations League group play with games against Canada in Orlando on November 15 and Cuba in the Cayman Islands on November 19.

“We have the opportunity to take advantage of the MLS post-season window to start preparations for the matches against Canada and Cuba,” head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a news release. “It’s another week to keep progressing as a group as we focus on getting the results we need to advance to the knockout phase of the Nations League.”

Aaronson with with the team for the first time but didn’t play in their previous Nations League matches with Canada (a 2-0 loss) and Cuba (a 7-0 win) two weeks ago. McKenzie was last in a senior national camp in January, his first.

USA Roster (Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 62/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 9/0), Chase Gasper (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 14/2), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 12/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 11/2)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 12/2), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 5/1), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 20/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 4/0)

FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 30/5), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 4/0), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; 1/0), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 5/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 54/10)