USMNT World Cup 2022 Roster: Haji Wright Heads to Qatar, Goalie Zach Steffen Out of Squad

US Men’s National Team coach Greg Berhalter has named his 26-man roster for this month. World Cup Wednesday in Qatar. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The list includes a few surprises, notably the omission of a goalkeeper Zach Steffen And bringing Haji to right and center back Tim Ream.
  • Most of the list was as expected. Stars Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Weston McKenney and Gio Raina were never in doubt. Starters like Younus Musa and Sergino Test are also not expected. Anthony RobinsonWalker Zimmerman, Matt Turner and Tim Weah.
  • However, there were some key in-fighting and calls were made in the last few weeks and leading up to the exam days.

Major additions and omissions

Notable decisions included Berhalter bringing Nashville SC’s Shaq Moore over Bovista’s Reggie Cannon, Seattle Sounders winger Jordan Morris over FC Dallas veteran Paul Arreola and Sounders midfielder Christian Roldan over Rangers youngster. Malik Tillman.

No decision was as surprising as the exclusion of Manchester City goalkeeper Steffen, who qualified for the World Cup as the USMNT’s No. 1 goalkeeper.

Injuries limited Steffen during the qualifiers and allowed Turner to take the top spot on the depth chart. However, Steffen was widely expected to make the team as a backup. However, the past few months have indicated a change. Steffen pulled out of the June camp for family reasons and then left Manchester City on loan for Middlesbrough, where he would get more games. Despite being fit enough to start Boro’s final game, he was left out of the US squad for the September friendlies. FIFA The window was opened.

Berhalter decided not to bring Steffen to Qatar, calling Luton Downs instead. Ethan Horvath and Sean Johnson of NYCFC.

Ahead of Wednesday’s roster announcement, much attention was focused on two position groups: center back and forward. Berhalter made surprising additions in both places.

Ream, 35, has not been called up by the US since last October. He pulled out of that qualifying camp for family reasons and never returned to the US. with Chris Richards Missing out through injury, however, Berhalter preferred to bring in a veteran defender over other options such as Jenkin’s Mark McKenzie or Troyes’ Eric Palmer-Brown.

Up front, it was considered a battle for two of the final three spots between Josh Sargent, Riccardo Pepi and Jordan Befok. Berhalter brought in Sargent, but he preferred to leave both Pepy and Befoc at home, calling up Wright instead, who has four goals in his last four games and nine goals in the Turkish Super League season with Antalyaspor.

Wright returned to the U.S. squad during the June window, his first call-up since 2019 on the back of good form that has seen him score 25 goals over the past two seasons. Wright scored a penalty kick in his first game with the United States against Morocco in June.

Beffolk had a hot start Bundesliga season with Union Berlin but has not scored since September 18. Meanwhile, Pepi has five goals and two assists in nine games since his loan move to Groningen this summer, but that has not been enough to make the World Cup squad.

Sargent has eight goals and two assists this season for Norwich in the English Championship. Jesus Ferreira made the squad despite failing to score in his last seven games MLS The season and has not played a game since FC Dallas was eliminated from the playoffs on October 23.

The USA opens the World Cup against Wales on November 21. They face England on Black Friday, November 25, and finish the group stage against Iran on November 29.

Note that the list becomes official on November 14, when the final squads are submitted to FIFA. Players will continue to play in games for their clubs this week, with time to replace the injury if needed.

XI preview begins

Based on the form and squad we’ve seen over the last six games in June and September, we have a clear idea of ​​what Berhalder has in mind for his first-choice XI against Wales. That being said, Berhalter has provided enough surprises throughout his roster that we’re a little unsure about two key areas: center back and forward.

Here is our predicted XI vs. Wales:

  • Formation: 4-3-3
  • Goalkeeper: Matt Turner
  • Defenders (left to right): Anthony Robinson, Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, Sergino Test
  • Central Midfield: Tyler Adams, Weston McKenney, Yunus Musa
  • Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Jesus Ferreira, Tim Weah

A position to see

It should be number 9.

The U.S. hasn’t been able to find a forward that can be trusted with consistent production, and Berhalter’s surprise addition of Wright adds another wrinkle to the mix.

Ferreira, as previously noted, has not scored in his last seven games for FC Dallas and has not played since his team was eliminated from the MLS playoffs on October 23. Meanwhile, Sargent has scored eight goals this season for Norwich in England. Championship, but suffered an injury in late October and missed two games, and has not scored since October 15.

Wright, meanwhile, enters the contest as the team’s hot goal scorer. He has scored four goals in his last four games in the Turkish Super Lig and has scored nine goals so far this season.

How Berhalter uses those three options remains to be seen, but there is no obvious pick or lock-down option.

Expectations for group status

The young stars at the core of this team have created excitement around this team, but it’s important to remember how young this American team is.

The average age of a U.S. team that has qualified from CONCACAF is 24.07. Its starting line was even younger: 23.82. The average age of this entire squad when they take the field against Wales will be slightly higher at 25 years, 175 days (to be expected, especially with Ream’s inclusion). However, there is only one player in the squad with World Cup experience: Yedlin.

The 2022 team joins the 1990 USA side for most players under the age of 23 on a USMNT World Cup roster with nine: Adams (23); Aaronson, Test, Josh Sargent and Weah (22); Jesus Ferreira (21); Musa, Raina and Joe Scally (19).

World Cup history shows that there is a ceiling for young teams. Only one country in the past five editions of the tournament has reached the semi-finals with a team younger than 25.9 years on average: Germany in 2010. The team reached the semi-finals in South Africa and then brought back many of the same players for four years. Then won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

There will be a learning curve, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set the floor at a certain level. For most, it meant leaving the group.

“I don’t care how old they are, I don’t care,” US men’s national team legend DaMarcus Beasley said in an interview.From Goa to Qatar: Remaking the USMNT,” a narrative podcast Athletic. “I expect them to do well. I think they will. I 100 percent think they will leave the group. I think they will silence a lot of critics.

The four countries in Group B (USA, Wales, England, Iran) ranked 15th on average, the highest of any group in Qatar.

Full USMNT World Cup Roster

USMNT World Cup 2022 squad

Position player Association age Hats

G.K

Matt Turner

Arsenal

28

20

G.K

Ethan Horvath

Luton Town

27

8

G.K

Sean Johnson

NYCFC

33

10

DEF

Anthony Robinson

Fulham

25

29

DEF

Joe Scally

Borussia M’gladbach

19

3

DEF

Sergino Test

AC Milan

22

19

DEF

Shaq Moore

Nashville SC

26

15

DEF

DeAndre Yedlin

Inter Miami

29

75

DEF

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Celtic

24

11

DEF

Aaron Long

NY Red Bulls

30

29

DEF

Tim Ream

Fulham

35

46

DEF

Walker Zimmerman

Nashville SC

29

33

MID

Kelly’s Acosta

LAFC

27

53

MID

Tyler Adams

Leeds United

23

32

MID

Luca de la Torre

Celtic Vigo

24

12

MID

Weston McKenney

Juventus

24

37

MID

Yunus Musa

Valencia

19

19

MID

Christian Roldan

Seattle Sounders

27

32

MID

Brendan Aaronson

Leeds United

22

24

FWD

Jordan Morris

Seattle Sounders

28

49

FWD

Christian Pulisic

Chelsea

24

52

FWD

Geo Raina

Dortmund

19

14

FWD

Tim Weah

Lily

22

25

FWD

Jesus Ferreira

FC Dallas

21

15

FWD

Josh Sargent

City of Norwich

22

20

FWD

Haji Wright

Antalyaspor

24

3

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