Zendejas and Gressel among 13 who could make their American football debuts

CHICAGO (AP) — Alejandro Zendejas, a 24-year-old forward who played twice for Mexico, is among 13 players who could make their U.S. national team debut under interim coach Anthony Hudson at exhibitions against Serbia on January 25 and Colombia three days later.

Julian Gressel, a 29-year-old defender of German descent who obtained American citizenship in November, was also among the 24 players selected on Wednesday.

Hudson brought in five of the USA’s World Cup roster picked by coach Gregg Berhalter, who is under investigation by the United States Soccer Federation following an allegation of domestic abuse in 1991.

Others who could make their debuts include goalkeepers Roman Celentano and Gabriel Slonina; defenders DeJuan Jones, Jalen Neal, Sam Rogers and John Tolkin; midfielders Paxten Aaronson, Aidan Morris and Alan Soñora; and forwards Emmanuel Sabbi and Brandon Vazquez.

Because the games are not on FIFA international dates, the only survivors of the World Cup roster are goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defenders Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman, midfielder Kellyn Acosta and striker Jesús Ferreira.

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