Pulisic and Reyna to miss US qualifiers, McKennie returns
Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna will miss the United States’ next three World Cup qualifying games due to injuries, and Weston McKennie is back on the roster after being dropped for two games for breaking EU protocols. COVID-19 team.
DC United winger Paul Arriola, Columbus forward Gyasi Zardes, Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah and Lille forward Tim Weah were among the 27-man roster announced on Wednesday after missing qualifying this month – here because of injuries.
Valencia midfielder Gianluca Busio and Mallorca striker Matthew Hoppe were chosen after moving to new clubs, added to Tenerife right-back Shaq Moore, who joined them in the squad. last summer that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Hoffenheim defender Chris Richards and Heracles midfielder Luca de la Torre have also been added and join 18 leftovers from last month.
The 13th-ranked United States will face No.59 Jamaica in Austin, Texas on October 7 and 68th-ranked Panama three days later and host No.44 Costa Rica on October 13 in Columbus, Ohio.
Due to the UK government’s COVID-19 restrictions, it is not clear whether England-based players will be able to travel to Panama.
After opening the 14-game final qualifying round with a 0-0 draw in El Salvador, a 1-1 draw at home against Canada and a 4-1 victory from behind in Honduras, the United States have five points. and are tied with Canada for second, two points behind Mexico and ahead of Panama on goal difference. Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador each have two points and Jamaica one.
The top three teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, and the fourth-placed team will advance to the playoffs.
Pulisic has been sidelined since spraining his right ankle in Honduras on September 8 and Reyna since injuring his hamstring in El Salvador. Pulisic, McKennie and Tyler Adams have only started together once, against Ecuador in March 2019.
McKennie started in El Salvador, then was sent home by trainer Gregg Berhalter for breaking coronavirus protocols.
Sean Johnson becomes No.3 goalkeeper in place of Nottingham Forest’s Ethan Horvath after being added to the September roster when Zack Steffen suffered back spasms.
New York defender James Sands, Nashville defender Walker Zimmerman, Norwich forward Josh Sargent, Young Boys forward Jordan Pefok and Marseille forward Konrad de la Fuente have been dropped.
Those bypassed included Borussia Mönchengladbach right-back Joe Scally, Alavés defender Matt Miazga, Bruges midfielder Owen Otasowie, Orlando forward Darryl Dike and San Jose midfielder Jackson Yueill .
Given the compressed schedule caused by the pandemic, Berhalter used 22 players in the September games, resulting in 21 starts. Only midfielder Tyler Adams and defender Miles Robinson played every minute.
With an average of 24 years and 203 days, the roster includes 17 players based in Europe and 10 from Major League Soccer.
Midfielder Kellyn Acosta has appeared in 17 straight games, the most since Landon Donovan and Jeff Agoos in 2001-02.
The list :
Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson (New York), Zack Steffen (Manchester City, England), Matt Turner (New England)
Defenders: George Bello (Atlanta), John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Germany), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona, Spain), Mark McKenzie (Genk, Belgium), Shaq Moore (Tenerife, Spain), Tim Ream (Fulham, England), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim, Germany), Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray, Turkey)
Midfielder: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, Germany), Gianluca Busio (Venezia, Italy), Luca de la Torre (Heracles, Netherlands), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Juventus , Italy), Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Cristian Roldan (Seattle)
Forwards: Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Paul Arriola (DC), Matthew Hoppe (Mallorca, Spain), Ricardo Pepi (Dallas), Tim Weah (Lille, France), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus).