THE US MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
More than eight years in the making, it’s finally here: The United States men’s national team released its 2022 World Cup roster Wednesday night, with under two weeks until its first match in Qatar, against Wales.
Here’s Gregg Berhalter’s 26-player squad:
And here’s what you need to know about each player.
There are plenty of names we knew years ago would be there — Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams — but just as big of a talking point is who didn’t make the squad. Among the biggest snubs are goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who started six qualifying matches, and striker Ricardo Pepi, whose three qualifying goals ranked second on the team.
Here’s our soccer expert Roger Gonzalez on the biggest names not making the trip:
Given the massive questions at striker and goalkeeper, Berhalter is certainly taking risks, but at the roster reveal party, he insisted on talking about who is on the team. It’s important that we do, too. After all, if this team performs up to its capabilities, we’ll soon forget about the omissions.
With that, our soccer expert Chuck Booth has takeaways on the squad, and Roger has grades for every unit, with the midfielders earning the highest marks. Berhalter was always going to have big decisions to make. We’ll know soon enough whether he made the right ones.
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