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When U.S. national soccer coach Gregg Berhalter had to pick his roster for this summer’s Gold Cup tournament, the regional championship, he didn’t choose up-and-coming forward Josh Sargent from O’Fallon, Mo., citing the needs and complexities of putting together a squad for a tournament that would last three weeks. Sargent’s absence didn’t go unnoticed.

Since then, Sargent has gone through training camp with his German club, Werder Bremen of the Bundesliga, and he has got just eight minutes of action in the team’s first two regular-season games. But for a pair of upcoming friendlies, including one against fifth-ranked Uruguay at Busch Stadium on Sept. 10, Sargent is getting another look. He and fellow St. Louisan Tim Ream were among the 26 players that Berhalter named Wednesday for that match and one with Mexico on Sept. 6 in East Rutherford, N.J.

“Of course, at first it was very frustrating not to make the squad,” Sargent told Werder Bremen’s website. “I am hungrier than ever and want to prove to everyone that I am good enough.”

“I think first and foremost, we’ve been tracking Josh in the preseason,” Berhalter said. “He has had a really good preseason. Unfortunately, his game time is limited so far. We want to try to capture the momentum in the preseason and bring him into this group. He is in our plans, has been in our plans. With the Gold Cup, the roster needed to be constructed the way it did and there wasn’t space for him. He’s a great talent with a lot of promise. We’re looking forward to working with him in this camp.”

Sargent has made just seven appearances with the full national team and has scored two goals in those games. His only appearance with the national team this year came in a friendly match with Jamaica that preceded the Gold Cup roster selection.

Ream, a defender, will also be coming home from Europe, where he plays for the London club Fulham in the Championship, England’s second tier. Ream, who played at St. Dominic High and SLU, was on the Gold Cup roster for the U.S. team that lost to Mexico in the final. With 35 national team appearances, he’s one of the more experienced players on this U.S. roster and that’s one of the selling points for Berhalter.

“Tim’s as steady as they come,” Berhalter said, “a guy that isn’t fazed by the gravity of the game. He has a lot of experience in a very competitive league and he’s played in competitive leagues. I think it’s valuable. We talk about the Tim Reams and the Michael Bradleys and (Brad) Guzans, those are guys that have this presence that’s important for a young team. We value that type of leadership and always want to try to integrate leaders when we can.”

The roster includes Christian Pulisic, the 20-year-old forward for English club Chelsea, who is listed as a forward rather than his usual midfield. “We want him to be able to affect games in a number of different ways,” Berhalter said. “We want to be able to isolate him one vs. one at times but we also want him getting them ball between the lines.”

Three players – Sergino Dest, Miles Robinson and Paxton Pomykal – are getting their first callups with the national team. Dest, an 18-year-old who plays for Ajax in the Netherlands, could get a look at left back and Robinson’s play at center back with Atlanta in MLS has earned him a look.

Some veteran players, notably Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez, weren’t selected for the team because, while the match falls during a FIFA international window, MLS isn’t taking a break and Berhalter didn’t want their club – all three play for Toronto – to have its roster depleted.

Tickets for the match are available at cardinals.com/soccer.

THE FULL ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf)

DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Sergiño Dest (Ajax), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact),) Tim Ream (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC)

MIDFIELDERS: Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)

FORWARDS: Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)


Photos from the U.S. national team's last game at Busch Stadium

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Tom Timmermann is a Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.