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Christian Pulisic and Matt Miazga named in preliminary US squad

Christian Pulisic and Matt Miazga look set to be called up by the United States for their defence of the Gold Cup this summer after the Chelsea duo were named in their preliminary squad for the tournament.

CONCACAF have released the 40-man preliminary rosters for all 16 countries that will be competing in the tournament, with Pulisic and Miazga making the initial cut for Gregg Berhalter’s team.

Berhalter is expected to announce the group that will participate in a pre-Gold Cup training camp later this week, while the final 23-player squads will be announced by CONCACAF in the first week of June.

The tournament, which is being held primarily in the US but includes double-headers in Costa Rica and Jamaica, begins on 15 June. The final takes place at Soldier Field in Chicago on 7 July.

Miazga, 23, spent the second half of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Reading who he helped avoid relegation from the Championship. He made his Chelsea debut in 2016 away at Aston Villa having joined the Blues earlier that year. He has played 12 times for his country, scoring once which was in a Gold Cup game against Nicaragua two years ago. 

Pulisic signed for Chelsea in January and then returned to Borussia Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the season. He has 10 goals in 25 appearances for the US national team and last year became their youngest ever captain at the age of just 20 years and 63 days. 

The Gold Cup is a biennial tournament contested by teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The United States have won two of the last three editions. Mexico lead the way with seven victories since the maiden tournament in 1991; the US have six. 

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