US Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter named 27 players to his squad for the October round of World Cup qualifying.
Full Roster (Club/Country; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 23/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 10/0)
DEFENDERS (10): George Bello (Atlanta United; 4/0), John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 45/3), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 13/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 7/0), Shaq Moore (Tenerife/ESP; 11/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 46/1), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER; 3/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 15/1), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 12/2), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 67/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 40/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 17/1), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; 6/0), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED: 3/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 32/8), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 25/7), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 28/0)
FORWARDS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 10/5), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 8/0), Matthew Hoppe (Mallorca/ESP; 5/1), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 1/1), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 13/1), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 62/14)
Notably, Nashville SC defender Walker Zimmerman was not called up to the squad. The reigning MLS Defender of the Year was called up to the September round of qualifying, but didn’t play a minute of action.
Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie returns to the squad after being dismissed from camp for a violation of team rules in Nashville. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna were left off the roster as they continue to recover from injuries.
In addition to Pulisic and Reyna, Berhalter left off three notable attackers who have struggled with form. Josh Sargent has struggled for Norwich in the Premier League, and Konrad de la Fuente has seen his playing time dip for Marseille. Jordan Pefok is arguably the most surprising omission; he’s scored in three consecutive matches for Young Boys, one of which was a stoppage time winner over Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.
The USMNT will play another three match window. They’ll open this round of qualifying against Jamaica at Austin’s Q2 Stadium on October third, before traveling to Panama on October 10. They’ll wrap up the window in Columbus against Costa Rica.
USMNT vs Jamaica – Thursday, October 7 – 6:45 pm CT – Q2 Stadium, Austin TX | (ESPN2, Univision, TUDN)
USMNT @ Panama – Sunday, October 10 – 5:00 pm CT – Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama | (Paramount+, Universo)
USMNT vs Costa Rica – Wednesday, October 13 – 6:00 pm CT – Lower.com Field, Columbus OH | (ESPN2, UniMas, TUDN)