10 MLS players who should be in January USMNT camp

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I know the USMNT’s right back depth chart is crowded, but Julian Gressel has reportedly earned a call-up to the United States. The 29-year-old, who was born in Germany, is a US citizen now! And he’s been one of the most productive chance-creators in all of MLS (and not just among outside defenders) over the last several seasons.

Looking specifically at fullbacks, though, Gressel finished in the 90th percentile or higher in non-penalty xG, xAG, shot-creating actions, and progressive passes per 90 minutes among fullbacks in MLS last year. His right foot is golden and his understanding of space is up there with the best in MLS.

I don’t know if Gressel will ever be a regular starter for the USMNT, but given his experience playing out wide and in central midfield back in his Atlanta United days, maybe there’s room for him as a utility player ahead of 2026.

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