USMNT roster for final World Cup tune-up announced

The roster for the United States Men’s National Team September camp was released on Wednesday. Head coach Gregg Berhalter announced his 26 man squad for the final round of games before the 2022 World Cup kicks off in November.

The roster, the last chance to evaluate the squad before the biggest tournament in the sport, contained a few significant surprises. In-form strikers Brandon Vázquez of FC Cincinnati and Jordan Pefok of Union Berlin were not included, while Zach Steffen, Timothy Weah and Antonee “Jedi” Robinson all miss through injury.

Instead, NYCFC’s Sean Johnson, Seattle’s Jordan Morris and Royal Antwerp’s Sam Vines were selected. Perhaps most surprising, Ricardo Pepi was called in, despite not scoring in 30 games after making the move from FC Dallas to Europe.

DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB/COUNTRY; CAPS/GOALS)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town/ENG; 8/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 10/0), Matt Turner (Arsenal/ENG; 18/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 27/1), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic/SCO; 11/0), Sergiño Dest (AC Milan/ITA; 17/2), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 27/3), Chris Richards (Crystal Palace/ENG; 8/0), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 2/0), Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp/BEL; 8/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 74/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 31/3)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 52/2), Tyler Adams (Leeds United/ENG; 30/1), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo/ESP; 11/0), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 35/9), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 19/0), Malik Tillman (Rangers/SCO; 2/0)

FORWARDS (8): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United/ENG; 22/6), Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; 47/10), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 13/7), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 48/11), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen/NED; 11/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 51/21), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 12/4), Josh Sargent (Norwich City/ENG; 19/3)

The bulk of the squad is based in Europe, and those players will stay across the Atlantic. The eight MLS-based players will fly out to play a pair of friendlies. They’ll first take on Japan in Düsseldorf, Germany, in a match set to kick off at 7:26 am CT on ESPN2. The second friendly is against Saudi Arabia, taking place in Murcia, Spain, on September 27. That match will be broadcast on FS1 and will kick off at 1 pm CT.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids.

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