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Weston McKennie and Juventus go top of Serie A

The USMNT midfielder has played a key role for the Italian giants this season and goes into the international break on top form.

Why isn't Christian Pulisic playing for USMNT?

Juventus continued their good run of form to go top of Serie A on Saturday.

The Italian giants secured a 2-1 win over Cagliari at Allianz Stadium, thanks to goals from Gleison Bremer and Daniele Rugani.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie played 90 minutes for the fifth consecutive league game, all of which ended in victory for Juventus. McKennie returned to Juventus after making an ill-fated loan move to Premier League side Leeds United last season.

The 25-year-old has firmly established his place in the Juventus team under Massimiliano Allegri and looks set to play a key role for the United States in the upcoming international break.

Weston McKennie has reasserted himself in the Juventus starting XI since his return to the club.
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Weston McKennie has reasserted himself in the Juventus starting XI since his return to the club.MARCO BERTORELLOAFP

USMNT take on Trinidad and Tobago in Nations League

As co-hosts, the United States do not have to qualify for the 20226 World Cup, but there is still plenty to play for in the November FIFA date. Gregg Berhalter’s side have a two-legged quarter-final against Trinidad and Tobago in the Concacaf Nations League.

The four semi-finalists in the Concacaf Nations League will secure qualification for the 2024 Copa America, taking on South American giants like Brazil and Argentina.

Ahead of the Trinidad and Tobago games, Berhalter stressed the important of the Nations League fixtures.

“The objective ahead of us is clear. We want to compete for our third Nations League title and the chance to play in Copa America, and it’s going to take focus and determination to get past Trinidad & Tobago,” he said.

“We have had a core group together for the last two windows in preparation for this opportunity, and we want to finish the year on a strong note and position ourselves to compete in two important competitions next year.”

Why isn’t Christian Pulisic in the USMNT roster?

Berhalter named his USMNT roster earlier this week, but there were some major omissions. AC Milan forward Christian Pulisic picked up a hamstring injury in his team’s 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, meaning that he is not fit to play in the Concacaf fixtures.

USMNT will also be without Timothy Weah. The Juventus star was substituted during the win over Hellas Verona last month and has not yet made a return.

However even with those omissions, Berhalter was still able to name a strong squad for the upcoming fixtures.

The first game against Trinidad and Tobago will be played at Q2 Stadium, Texas on 16 November, the second will be at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Trinidad on 20 November.