USMNT roster confirmed for Worlds 2022

The USMNT will travel to Qatar in less than a week as the 26 players called up to Gregg Berhalter’s roster for the 2022 World Cup were announced at a special event in New York City on Wednesday.

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After missing the 2018 tournament in Russia and spending eight years in the wilderness of international football, the Yanks are just 12 days away from their opening game against Wales.

The likes of Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna and Brenden Aaronson lead the 26-man squad that will be the youngest team (on average) at the 2022 World Cup.

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Of course, many questions remain unanswered…

Who starts in central defence? Who starts in front? Will all their stars be fully fit to face Wales, England and Iran in Group B?

With recent results and performances, there is a lot of pressure on Berhalter and the USMNT needs to get off to a flying start.

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  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group game kick-off times: 5:00, 8:00, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels in Español: Telemundo, Universe, peacock
  • stream in Spanish: peacock (all 64 games)

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Confirmed USMNT roster for the 2022 World Cup

goalkeeper: Ethan Horvath, Sean Johnson, Matt Turner

defender: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Sergino Dest, Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson, Joe Scally, DeAndre Yedlin, Walker Zimmerman

midfield player: Brenden Aaronson, Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Cristian Roldan

Forward: Jesus Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah, Haji Wright

Who was not selected and what were the big dilemmas?

goalkeeper: Zack Steffen

defender: Chris Richards (injury), John Brooks, Reggie Cannon, Mark McKenzie, Sam Vines (injury), Erik Palmer-Brown

midfield player: None

Forward: Ricardo Pepi, Jordan Pefok

The same areas that have been an issue in recent years: centre-back and up front. Walker Zimmerman will start at centre-back but the place next to him is a big question mark following Miles Robinson’s injury. Aaron Long has been struggling while Chris Richards and Cameron Carter-Vickers both had injuries last month and alongside Zimmerman couldn’t get any valuable reps. Richards has since confirmed he will not be fit for the World Cup. Veteran Tim Ream was drafted for Fulham due to his good form and at the moment he seems most likely to start alongside Zimmerman.

Up front there is a big debate about Jordan Pefok. Most fans believe he should be called up but Berhalter didn’t call him up and Josh Sargent was picked over Ricardo Pepi while Haji Wright was picked over Pefok in a big shock. Jesus Ferreira appears to have the No. 9 jersey for now, but the USMNT has really been missing a clinical finisher since the heyday of Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan. It’s a big problem and maybe one of the many talented attacking midfielders they have could play in a false nine?

Which players were on the bubble?

It was a big surprise that Zack Steffen was dropped from the squad as Matt Turner is now the undisputed No. 1, but Steffen was the next man. Instead, Sean Johnson and Ethan Horvath got the other goalie spots on the list. Steffen played for Berhalter with Columbus Crew and has been an important part of the USMNT for the last four years. But he’s not going to Qatar.

Tim Ream is having a great season for Fulham and although Berhalter said he wanted something other than a centre-back, he’s in for it. Erik Palmer-Brown was spot on.

Luca de la Torre is injured but almost fit so he made it ahead of Johnny Cardoso, Malik Tillman while Cristian Roldan’s inclusion was a bit of a surprise.

At the top Jordan Pefok, Ricardo Pepi and Paul Arriola were the big losers here. Jordan Morris, Haji Wright and Josh Sargent were ahead of them, but in all of those situations it was a fluke. Arriola and Pepi delivered at key moments in qualifying but will not travel to Qatar.


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