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Louisville’s Gomez, Orange County’s Henry Selected in U.S. Men’s National Team Squad

By Staff, 12/03/21, 11:00AM EST


Young standouts are first USL Championship players named to senior USMNT squad in league history

Louisville City FC's Jonathan Gomez and Orange County SC's Kobi Henry have been selected in the United States Men's National Team squad to face Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 18.

CHICAGO – Louisville City FC’s Jonathan Gomez and Orange County SC’s Kobi Henry were named to the United States Men’s National Team squad announced by Head Coach Gregg Berhalter on Friday morning as the side prepares for its international exhibition on Saturday, December 18 against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gomez and Henry are the first active Championship players named to a senior USMNT squad in league history.

Gomez was this week announced as the 2021 USL Championship Young Player of the Year after standout season at Louisville City FC that saw him also earn selection to the 2021 USL Championship All-League First Team. The 18-year-old helped lead LouCity to a seventh consecutive appearance in the Eastern Conference Final of the USL Championship Playoffs while performing strongly at both ends of the field. Gomez recorded two goals and eight assists in attack, and 39 interceptions, 117 recoveries and a 75.9 percent tackle success rate defensively.

“I’m honored to be selected,” said Gomez. “I think it’s a great opportunity to go see the environment and train at a high level.”

Following his success with LouCity, Gomez is set to join La Liga’s Real Sociedad this offseason following a transfer agreement announced in September that will see the young standout make the move to top-level European soccer.

Henry was part of the Orange County SC side that this past weekend claimed the USL Championship Final and appeared as a late-game substitute during the side’s 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium. The 17-year-old made 19 appearances for Orange County over the regular season and playoffs, including 16 starts, as he recorded 60 clearances, 22 interceptions and 15 blocked shots while posting an 82.8 percent passing accuracy rate on 46.6 passes/90 minutes.

Henry’s success with Orange County saw him recently called up to the United States U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team for the Revelations Cup in Mexico in November, where he started in two contests. 

“It's an honor to represent my country at the highest level and I am ready to compete and give my all during this camp,” said Henry. “I want to say thank you to my family and OCSC for providing me with guidance and support to get to this stage.”

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