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Back as USMNT coach, Gregg Berhalter names a veteran roster

Gregg Berhalter set his first U.S. men’s national soccer team roster since he was reappointed this summer, and Gio Reyna, the rising star at the center of Berhalter’s extended absence, was omitted while recovering from injury.

Naming a 24-man roster Wednesday for friendlies against Uzbekistan on Sept. 9 in St. Louis and Oman on Sept. 12 in St. Paul, Minn., Berhalter turned to 12 players from the World Cup squad he led to the round of 16 last fall in Qatar, including standouts Matt Turner, Sergiño Dest, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah.

Folarin Balogun, the Arsenal striker who made his international debut in June after choosing the United States over England and Nigeria, will be making his first camp under Berhalter.