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USMNT World Cup 2022 roster reveal: Who made the cut for head coach Gregg Berhalter?

Roddy Cons
Update:
Mundial Qatar 2022: Guía de Estados Unidos: Figuras, posible alineación, leyenda...

11/12 days to go

Depending on where you are in the world, there are now 11/12 days to go until the USMNT kicks off their World Cup campaign.

A little reminder of the schedule:

21 November: USMNT v Wales, Al Rayyan

25 November: USMNT v England, Al Khor

29 November: USMNT v Iran, Doha

How far can this group go? Can they make the round of 16 like they did in 1934, 1994, 2010 and 2014? Could they get to the semi-finals which they did in 1930?

USMNT stats

A few stats before we go.

Most caps: DeAndre Yedlin - 75. 

Fewest caps: Joe Scally and Haji Wright - 3. 

Most goals: Christian Pulisic - 21. 

Most represented club(s): Nashville SC, Seattle Sounds, Fulham, Leeds United - 2 players

There we go, that's looks a bit better with the players' clubs in there too.

If I took a while, it's because I kept spelling Mönchengladbach wrong.

USMNT 2022 World Cup roster - official

Goalkeepers

Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic), Sergiño Dest (AC Milan, on loan from Barcelona), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC), Tim Ream (Fulham), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC),

Midfielders

Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Kellyn Acosta (Los Angeles FC), Tyler Adams (Leeds United), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)

Forwards

Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Sargent (Norwich City), Tim Weah (Lille), Haji Wright (Antalyaspor)

Well, there we have it folks. What did you make of that?

Time for me to type up that list again....

Twellman: "Most countries would love to have a player that can play at the pace Tim Weah plays at."

Will he get in the team?

"What do you do when Aaronson when Pulisic comes back? Will he play deeper?" Good question, Jermaine. We'll see in 12 days. 

"I'm a bit fan of Weston, of Aaronson. Adams is the heart and soul. That midfield is the strongest part of the team," opines Jermaine Jones. 

Some 'big surprises' according to Twellman. Haji Wright the main one, surely?

Zack Steffen would've been another one had those rumours of his omission not been circulating beforehand. 

USMNT 26-man roster

A little break in proceedings. Here's that roster again:

Goalkeepers

Ethan Horvath, Sean Johnson, Matt Turner

Defenders

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

Midfielders

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

Forwards

Jesús Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah, Haji Wright

Players pre-recorded messages

Matt Turner up first: "Soccer was a great way to have way with people you like to be around. I started watching YouTube videos about how to be a goalkeeper."

"I ended up on ESPN's not top 10 after scoring an own goal. I considered walking away from the game completely. But my coaches told me, in 2014, they thought I was good enough to play professional soccer." 

"To say that I've thought about playing at the World Cup, I went for it and I've done it, it is incredible."

 

"There are more talented national teams out there but we'll back each other up, we've know each other for so long. There's no groups, there's no cliques. We have each other backs, no matter what. This group is special."

"I called my mom first after finding out. And my brother. His reaction was priceless." 

"It's such a relief, it's such a weight lifted off my shoulders. Every sacrifice than I've made and my family has made have paid off."

"I've never been big on trying to take the spotlight. You want to be that guy that your country can count. It's a good opportunity for a lot of us to show what we're capable of, not just teams in CONCACAF. It's the real deal now, it's time to step up."

"It's a privilege. More and more of us are playing in Europe, getting competition against the world's best players. We're relentless, we're full of energy. Everyone is looking at us as an inexperienced group, as underdogs."

McKennie speaks

"I'm feeling good, my recovery is going well. I'm trying to make sure I'm 100% when it's time to play the first match."

"It'll be a quicker recovery than expected."

Weston calling in from Italy. Plenty of echo...

Weston McKennie up next

Weston McKennie has been kept "up late" (some of us know how you feel, Weston) and will be chatting all things World Cup next. 

As mentioned, Berhalter has assured us that the Juventus midfielder will be at full fitness by the time the opening game against Wales comes around. Phew

"It's literally two different tournaments - group stage and knockouts. All you want to do in the knockout tournament is play your best possible game. If you do that and go out, you can go out with your head held high."

"We'll have the whole team in by the 14th. We'll ramp up the training sessions and be ready for Wales."

"It's important we represent our identity as a team. We're aggressive, high pressing, we want to use the ball."

"I couldn't have predicted how players like Dest and Musah would progress. I'm excited to get on that plane."

"The first game is crucial but teams can win the first game and advance on. We'll be ready to adapt if we don't win the first one."

"We're there for football, first and foremost. But we're all humans. Individuals can voice what they feel about social issues," when asked about the World Cup taking place in Qatar.

"McKennie and De la Torre will be OK fitness-wise."

"We have guys we feel that can play multiple positions."

"This is a different World Cup, you don't have a month to get ready. We thought Haji Wright was in better form than Jordan Pefok right now."

"The lean is towards Matt Turner being the number one. We're going to see how he is after the injury"

"I had a really difficult conversation with Ricardo Pepi. It's hard when someone's helped you get to the World Cup. It was about the other options we had."

"We feel really good with the three goalkeepers on the roster," when asked about Zack Steffen's absence. "We're comfortable in that area."

"It's a relief. Now it's about planning how to be successful at the World Cup". 

"I had good conversations with the coaching staff. There's also feelings, it's an emotional moment when you have to tell a player he's not going to fulfil his dreams"

Gregg Berhalter summoned!

Here's the main man himself. 

Haij Wright the surprise?

If there was one name we've not really seen mentioned, it's that of Haji Wright.

Who saw that coming?

Full USMNT roster for 2022 World Cup

Goalkeepers

Ethan Horvath, Sean Johnson, Matt Turner

Defenders

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

Midfielders

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

Forwards

Jesús Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah, Haji Wright

Here come Morris and Ferreira. Roldan still on stage too. 

Morris coming back after two ACL injuries. "It's a huge honour, it was my goal."

Forwards

Jesús Ferreira

Jordan Morris

Christian Pulisic

Gio Reyna

Josh Sargent

Tim Weah

Haji Wright

Acosta and Roldan come on stage. 

"A whirlwind last few days" for Acosta after winning the MLS Cup with NYFC.

"A dream of ours since we were little," says Roldan. 

Midfielders

Brenden Aaronson

Kellyn Acosta

Tylder Adams

Luca de la Torre

Weston McKennie

Yunus Musah

Cristian Roldan

We're back! Ready to go with the midfielders?

"The heart of the team," for Jones. 

A little break before we come to the top end of the team.

What do we think so far? Has anyone's jaw dropped? 

"A relief" for Zimmerman

Yedlin, Moore, Zimmerman on stage.

"It's a relief to get the call," according to Zimmerman. 

"Hopefully we can make you guys proud," says Yedlin.

Any surprises there? Possibly not...

Defenders

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic)

Sergiño Dest (Milan, on loan from Barcelona)

Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls)

Shaq Moore (Nashville)

Tim Ream (Fulham)

Antonee Robinson (Fulham)

Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami)

Walker Zimmerman (Nashville)

Sean Johnson is in the house and 'excited to go to the World Cup'! No way. 

The reports were right, no Zack Steffen. He'd started quite a lot of USMNT games too...

Goalkeepers up first!

Ethan Horvath (Luton Town)

Sean Johnson (New York City)

Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Twellmen focusing on the 'difficult conversations' that Berhalter has had to have.

Taylor Twellman and Jermaine Jones joining host Kay Murray for the event in Brooklyn. 

The World Cup - the "biggest party in the world" according to Jones. 

Girls and boys, ladies and gentleman.

It's time. 

MLS players in World Cup training camp

Just a reminder that 9 players from MLS clubs took part in a World Cup training camp from October 25 to November 5. That must've been cosy.

Gaga Slonina, DeAndre Yedlin, Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris, Paul Arriola, Jesús Ferreira.

Did they do enough to impress?

10 minutes to go!

The countdown is on! 

Djordje Mihailovic or Cristian Roldan?

Jordan Pefok or Brandon Vazquez?

Life's important questions will soon be answered. 

Strikers

National team coaches don't tend to take many strikers to tournaments these days. 

Ricardo Pepi. Josh Sargent. Brandon Vazquez. Jordan Pefok. Jesus Ferreira. You could make an argument for and against any of them. 

Is anyone particularly convincing in this position? 

Wide attackers

For my money it'll be Pulisic, Weah, Aaronson, Reyna and Arriola.

Anyone disagreeing? 

Midfield

Tyler Adams and Kellyn Acosta will surely be the more 'defensive' picks. 

Further forward, Weston McKennie will start, of course, but he too has been struggling with a knock, which isn't ideal. Will he be fully fit?

Luca de la Torre is in the same boat but will be seen as more replaceable on the roster. Will Djordje Mihailovic or Cristian Roldan go instead?

Defence

Here's where we have a bit of a headache. Miles Robinson would've started but hasn't recovered from an Achilles injury. Chris Richards has also been ruled out. Who partners Walker Zimmerman in central defence? Rumours have Tim Ream coming back...

Out wide, Sergiño Dest should be nailed on to start but is struggling with 'muscle fatigue' and has missed the last three Milan games. Does DeAndre Yedlin or Reggie Cannon go as back-up?

The picture at left-back seems clearer. Antonee Robinson starts, Joe Scally is on the bench. Right?

Goalkeepers

Does Berhalter know who his number one is? Matt Turner is fit again after injury (he's sitting on the bench for Arsenal as we speak) and is rumoured to start. Recent reports have claimed that Zack Steffen won't make the 26, which strengthens the case for Turner to start. Who else goes? Sean Johnson? Ethan Horvath?

USMNT roster - what's the state of play?

Time to get down to business and what we're really here for...

How's this roster looking?

Brooklyn is ready. The AS USA crowd is ready.

Bring it on!

USA co-hosting 2026 World Cup

If memories of that drab draw in San Salvador have scared you for life, don't worry. As co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup - along with Mexico and Canada - the USMT are already there. Well done!

USMNT - 2022 World Cup qualification

I'm not sure USMT fans will especially fond memories of the qualifying campaign. But Gregg Berhalter's side qualified, unlike in 2018, so that's already an improvement. 

The US finished third in the group behind Canada and Mexico, suffering defeats away to their northern neighbours, Panama and Costa Rica, as well as a bore draw in El Salvador. 

Still, they got over the line and that's what matters most.  

USMNT World Cup schedule

Just a little reminder of the USMNT's World Cup schedule.

They start their World Cup Group B campaign against Wales on Monday, 21 November. They will then face England on Friday, 25 November before finishing the group stage against Iran on Tuesday, 29 November.

USMNT roster reveal: Which players will miss the 2022 World Cup?

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USMNT roster reveal: Which players will miss the 2022 World Cup?

We're obviously here to find out who's on the plane. Unfortunately, there are a few players who already know they won't be. 

Spoiler alert: Berhalter has a few defensive issues. 

The dream call

Ever imagined playing in the World Cup?

Well, whoever was on the end of this call (presuming it was a real was, it probably wasn't) is going to do just that. 

How about warming up for a little World Cup roster reveal with a spot of sightseeing? 

USMNT World Cup roster announcement: time and how to watch online and on TV

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USMNT World Cup roster announcement: time and how to watch online and on TV

Before we get into who's likely to be in and who's not, you might be wondering how you can watch the event yourself (of course you are).  Have a look at this and you'll know exactly what to do!

Roster reveal at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Berhalter will be revealing the identity of our heroes at 5pm ET / 2pm PT. Just over an hour to go. 

Who've you got on your roster? 

USMNT 2022 World Cup roster reveal coming up!

Hello everyone! Thanks for joining me (Roddy) for the USMNT's 2022 World Cup roster reveal!

Is the suspense killing you? Well, fear not. We'll soon know exactly which 26 players will be representing the US at the tournament in Qatar. 

Exciting stuff, isn't it??

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