Quakes’ homegrown fullback Nick Lima was called up to “Camp Cupcake” today. He was the only member of the team to receive a call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team.
The annual January call-ups are usually meant to evaluate the talent pool of players that are not regularly capped by the U.S. senior team. This year’s 30-man roster is comprised of 15 players without a cap, with an additional ten players with five caps or less.
Lima proved himself a capable fullback during his rookie season in 2017, playing both the left and right sides. He could have been a potential rookie-of-the-year recipient, but a hamstring injury derailed his season late.
The U.S. team has been lacking a quality left-back, as the role has been filled by an aging DeMarcus Beasley in previous years. This past year, more than a few players had their opportunity, including Fabian Johnson, Greg Garza, and Jorge Villafana, but after the World Cup debacle, the left-back position could be up for grabs.
Former Quake (and current MLS champion) Justin Morrow also plays left-back, so Lima is no shoo-in to be given the position for the up-coming U.S. friendly versus Bosnia & Herzegovina at the end of the month. However, Lima is young and capable, hence why this should be the first of many call-ups for Nick.