UPDATE: United States win the 2021 Gold Cup
FRISCO, Texas (July 6, 2021) — Three players who competed in the US Youth Soccer National League during their youth soccer careers have been named to the United States Men’s National Team roster for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
George Bello, Daryl Dike and Walker Zimmerman — who each played in the National League with their youth teams — are among the 23 players named to the United States roster ahead of this summer’s Gold Cup. Zimmerman is making his second appearance on a Gold Cup roster after being named to the squad in 2019, while this summer marks the first Gold Cup roster selection for Bello and Dike.
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- Bello played one season in the National League with Alpharetta Ambush 01 Red (GA).
- Dike played one season in the National League with Oklahoma FC (OK) — scoring twice while helping his side to a third-place finish.
- Zimmerman played two years in the National League GSA Phoenix Red (GA), which finished as a runner-up in 2008-09 and completed a rare 7-0-0 season in 2009-10.
The United States begins group play with its opening game at 9 p.m. ET on July 11 against the team that advances from the preliminary round. The team continues group play at 10 p.m. ET on July 15 against Martinique before wrapping up its Group B schedule with a game against Canada at 5 p.m. ET on July 18.
Each of the National League alumni on the U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup roster competed in the national tier of the National League, which is now National League P.R.O. For more information on the National League P.R.O., click here.
The U.S. Men's National Team won the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup with a 1-0 win in extra time against Mexico in the final on Aug. 1.
George Bello started in the final and helped hold Mexico scoreless before being subbed off in the 65th minute. Bello also started and played the full 90 minutes in the 6-1 group stage win against Martinique.
Daryl Dike made five appearances, including four starts. He scored twice against Martinique and contributed to another goal, as he earned player of the game honors.
Walker Zimmerman played the full 90 minutes in each group stage game while helping the U.S. to three wins and two clean sheets. Zimmerman also captained the U.S. in two of the group stage games. He departed the team prior to the quarterfinals due to an injury.