Brandon Vazquez’s fast rise with FC Cincinnati not solely helped the membership enhance inside MLS in 2022, but in addition rewarded the striker together with his first worldwide call-up. Now, with the U.S. males’s nationwide workforce’s two friendlies upcoming in opposition to Serbia and Colombia, Vazquez is aiming to set the tone for a profitable 2023 for membership and nation.
Vazquez is one among 13 gamers preventing to earn their first senior caps over the following week, whereas additionally sparking his possibilities for future involvement this 12 months. The previous MLS Cup winner is coming off a career-best season for FC Cincinnati the place he scored 18 objectives and registered eight assists, main FC Cincy to a first-ever playoff berth.
After delivering a sensational membership marketing campaign in 2022, Vazquez is raring for the possibility to show himself with the USMNT and proceed the workforce develop in the direction of its aggressive schedule.
“The only thing that I’m focused on right now is doing my best for the team, helping the team win and scoring as many goals as possible,” Vazquez mentioned Monday in a press convention with reporters. “I think if I step onto the field and do my job here, then the rest will come.
“We’re trying to push ourselves to be the best team possible and the vibe in the locker room is great, it’s a great group of guys and everybody gets along really well,” he added. “So every time you step on the field, the team chemistry is really there even though we have a lot of new faces, it’s like everybody has been watching the U.S. national team and knows exactly their style of playing. We’re stepping in and doing exactly that.”
Not solely has Vazquez’s stellar work in entrance of aim helped spark his membership profession, but in addition his versatility taking part in in plenty of totally different roles. Vazquez has previous expertise with FC Cincy taking part in as a protracted striker earlier than Pat Noonan gelled Vazquez and Brenner collectively through the 2022 marketing campaign.
There is no such thing as a willpower on how Anthony Hudson will lineup his squad in opposition to Serbia at Banc of California Stadium, however Vazquez is prepared for no matter comes his means on Wednesday.
“Before Pat Noonan came in, we were playing also with a single striker,” Vazquez mentioned. “It’s the same kind of job that I have to do every time I step on the field, and yeah it’s covering more ground then when you’re playing with two strikers, but I feel very accustomed to playing by myself up top, just the way I feel like when I’m playing two forwards.”
Vazquez arrived at USMNT camp after two weeks of FC Cincinnati preseason coaching, getting an early begin to his 2023 schedule. The Japanese Convention membership is roughly one month away from kicking off its aggressive schedule in MLS, aiming to take the following step ahead after a historic 12 months.
Whereas his long-term aim stays targeted on FC Cincy, a robust USMNT camp may play a significant position for Vazquez in attaining every part he desires to this 12 months.
“The opportunities like this personally gives me confidence,” Vazquez mentioned. “Then it’s about going back to Cincinnati and I think it’ll be like I never left. I’m really close to everybody back in Cincinnati and the team and I think everybody will be excited to have me back.”