2022 World Cup USMNT roster: Inside the Qatar group

It has been an extended 4 years for the U.S. males’s nationwide group, however lastly — lastly — commencement day is right here.

On Nov. 21, these younger American college students (of the sport) will stroll throughout the largest stage (in sports activities). They will go away behind their school rooms and confront the cruel realities of the actual world (of worldwide soccer).

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These weak performances within the September friendlies? Nothing greater than some senioritis, maybe. As a result of now, with everybody watching, these graduates are prepared — able to make an affect, able to make themselves heard, able to shine.

Right here, then, is your group: The USMNT Class of 2022, grouped, in fact, in response to their “majors.”


FINANCE

These are the “money” gamers for the U.S., those chargeable for delivering forex (that’s, targets). A World Cup is not about long-term investments, both. In a four-week event, these are the gamers whom the U.S. have to go on a heater.

Christian Pulisic

Age: 24
Membership: Chelsea (England) | Place: Ahead
Debut: Mar. 29, 2016 vs. Guatemala
Appearances: 52 (21 targets)

Search for him to … Create goal-scoring probabilities and assault from the sting of the sector (he prefers it to be from the left). Pulisic has struggled to search out common minutes with Chelsea below two completely different managers this season, however he stays the American linchpin.

Notable or Quotable: “[It’s] a team that no one loves to play against — it’s that American spirit, that we can always win. That we can beat anyone.” — On the identification of this USMNT

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USMNT captain Christian Pulisic believes his group can “beat anyone” because the 2022 FIFA World Cup quick approaches.

Weston McKennie

Age: 24
Membership: Juventus (Italy) | Place: Midfielder
Debut: Nov. 14, 2017 vs. Portugal
Appearances: 37 (9 targets)

Search for him to … Perpetually be across the ball, pushing it ahead into harmful areas, in addition to supply a stout presence within the defensive midfield. McKennie’s work charge makes him a game-breaker for the U.S., the participant most succesful — if he is on — of disrupting the opposition.

Notable or Quotable: Often celebrates targets by waving an imaginary wand, in homage to Harry Potter. (For the report, McKennie says he could be a Gryffindor.)

Timothy Weah

Age: 22
Membership: Lille (France) | Place: Ahead
Debut: March 27, 2018 vs. Paraguay
Appearances: 25 (three targets)

Search for him to … Present pace on the surface, regularly from the suitable, and ship penetrating crosses. Weah, who missed seven video games of the membership season with an ankle harm, additionally likes to get on the ball and interchange with the extensive defender on his facet of the sector.

Notable or Quotable: “My dad is in the history books so I just have that fire in me all the time.” — On his father, George Weah, who’s the president of Liberia and one of many biggest African gamers in soccer historical past

Jesus Ferreira

Age: 21
Membership: FC Dallas (USA) | Place: Ahead
Debut: Feb. 1, 2020 vs. Costa Rica
Appearances: 15 (seven targets)

Search for him to … Rating, seemingly by utilizing his pace (Second Spectrum knowledge confirmed he was the second-fastest participant in MLS in 2022). Ferreira is not the prototypical No. 9, however he scored 18 targets for Dallas this season and has a novel talent set amongst U.S. striker candidates.

Notable or Quotable: “Cheetah — cheetah is my favorite animal of all time.” — On what sort of animal he’d prefer to be if he wasn’t a human (Ferreira desires to grow to be a zoologist after retiring).

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Sam Borden and Jesus Ferreira take a detour from speaking about soccer to debate the USMNT ahead’s love of animals.

Josh Sargent

Age: 22
Membership: Norwich Metropolis (England) | Place: Ahead
Debut: Could 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia
Appearances: 20 (5 targets)

Search for him to … Present versatility, as he can play each as a central striker and within the wider function he’s usually utilized in at Norwich. Sargent might be streaky — six of his eight targets this season got here in a six-game stretch from mid-August to mid-September.

Notable or Quotable: “There will be hundreds of comments saying how great you are, how amazing you are. And that one comment that says you’re the worst player will stay in your head all night.” — On why he is one of many few USMNT gamers who keep off social media totally

Haji Wright

Age: 24
Membership: Antalyaspor (Turkey) | Place: Ahead
Debut: June 1, 2022 vs. Morocco
Appearances: 3 (one objective)

Search for him to … Be a complete X issue offensively, as he hasn’t featured a lot with the USMNT however is their most harmful No. 9. After scoring 14 targets final season, he has already scored 9 in 12 matches this 12 months.

Notable or Quotable: Wright comes from an athletic household; one in every of his cousins is Joseph Addai, the previous NFL operating again who received a Tremendous Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007.


CYBERSECURITY

Security. Stability. Reliability. These are the blokes charged with defending U.S. belongings. Gregg Berhalter wants them to maintain issues below management in essentially the most fraught moments, and particularly when being threatened by a rogue striker.

Matt Turner

Age: 28
Membership: Arsenal (England) | Place: Goalkeeper
Debut: Jan. 31, 2021 vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Appearances: 20

Search for him to … Begin in objective for the U.S. after the shock omission of Zack Steffen. A relative latecomer to the game, Turner’s shot-stopping capacity is top-shelf, however he does wrestle to supply as a lot as different keepers in the case of taking part in with the ball at his ft.

Notable or Quotable: “I decided to join soccer just to meet some new people and sort of integrate myself and stay in shape for basketball and baseball.” — On why, at age 16, he determined to play on the soccer group at his new highschool

Walker Zimmerman

Age: 29
Membership: Nashville SC (USA) | Place: Defender)
Debut: Feb. 3, 2017 vs. Jamaica
Appearances: 33 (three targets)

Search for him to … Stabilize the backline, with the uncommon journey ahead on a set piece or nook. Not like the various younger phenoms on the group, Zimmerman is a little bit of a world late bloomer, however he has grow to be a defensive mainstay below Berhalter.

Notable or Quotable: “I think it comes with a lot of responsibility. You’re expected to kind of do the right thing, say the right thing. I took a lot of pride in that, and I think it helped develop me as a person.” — On rising up with a father who was the pastor of a Baptist church

Aaron Lengthy

Age: 30
Membership: New York Crimson Bulls (USA) | Place: Defender
Debut: Oct. 16, 2018 vs. Costa Rica
Appearances: 29 (three targets)

Search for him to … Be secure and durable in protection, typically taking a conservative method to marking. Like Zimmerman, Lengthy is a veteran who has been neglected (and sidelined by numerous accidents) for a lot of his profession however now appears to lastly have discovered his probability.

Notable or Quotable: “I think I led the league in interceptions that year — we went to the state finals, too.” — On moonlighting as a cornerback and kicker on the highschool soccer group his senior 12 months

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Age: 24
Membership: Celtic (Scotland) | Place: Defender
Debut: Nov. 14, 2017 vs. Portugal
Appearances: 11

Search for him to … Be assertive in duels and use improved passing expertise to push for enjoying time at center-back. CCV is a quiet chief, too — when Callum McGregor obtained injured, Celtic turned to Carter-Vickers to face in as their group captain.

Notable or Quotable: Was loaned by Tottenham to seven completely different groups over 5 years — Sheffield United, Ipswich, Swansea, Stoke, Luton, Bournemouth and Celtic — earlier than lastly signing a brand new everlasting take care of Celtic in June

Tim Ream

Age: 35
Membership: Fulham (England) | Place: Defender
Debut: Nov. 17, 2010 vs. South Africa
Appearances: 46 (one objective)

Search for him to … Defend fiercely and intelligently (which offsets a scarcity of pace). Ream is not essentially an ideal slot in Berhalter’s most well-liked high-line system, however he is thriving at Fulham, and a slew of accidents to different U.S. defenders pushed him again onto the radar.

Notable or Quotable: Ream has lived by means of a collection of emotional swings with Fulham: Over the previous 5 years, he has been a part of two relegations and three promotions.

Ethan Horvath

Age: 27
Membership: Luton City (England) | Place: Goalkeeper
Debut: Oct. 7, 2016 vs. Cuba
Appearances: 8

Search for him to Compete for time because the backup to Matt Turner. With Steffen not chosen, Horvath — who has been in wonderful type for Luton and is especially expert at long-range ball distribution — will battle Sean Johnson for the No. 2 spot.

Notable or Quotable: Regardless of having solely 8 caps, Horvath has already had a historic USMNT second: in June 2021, he changed an injured Steffen within the second half and made 4 crucial saves, together with a dramatic penalty save, because the U.S. beat Mexico 3-2 to win the Nations League closing.

Sean Johnson

Age: 33
Membership: New York Metropolis FC (USA) | Place: Goalkeeper
Debut: Jan. 22, 2011 vs. Chile
Appearances: 10

Search for him to … Present a dependable pair of palms if the U.S. get into an emergency goalkeeper state of affairs. Third keepers are (by definition) rusty at any time when they’re known as on, but it surely’s very true for Johnson: Taking part in in MLS means his final sport motion got here on Oct. 23.

Notable or Quotable: “I think I got my first cap when some of these guys were 10 or even younger.” — On what it is prefer to be an older participant on a younger group


ENGINEERING

What does the inspiration of the U.S. group appear to be? It is these gamers, those who construct the American infrastructure, those who create the framework for the group’s success. They’re considerate and purposeful, devoted to the system that would (ought to?) take the U.S. into the knockout rounds.

Tyler Adams

Age: 23
Membership: Leeds United (England) | Place: Midfielder
Debut: Nov. 14, 2017 vs. Portugal
Appearances: 32 (one objective)

Search for him to … Be the engine for the U.S., with extensive defensive area protection and a gentle sense for shifting the ball. Adams embodies the “gritty midfielder” label, however he additionally exhibits the occasional aptitude for a colourful interchange with the wingers.

Notable or Quotable: “I do some of the dirty work that not everyone wants to do.” — On what distinguishes him as a midfielder

Sergino Dest

Age: 22
Membership: AC Milan (Italy) | Place: Defender
Debut: Sept. 6, 2019 vs. Mexico
Appearances: 19 (two targets)

Search for him to … Put on out the suitable wing, making penetrating runs to hyperlink the U.S. protection and assault. Dest, who has battled accidents and muscle soreness, stays indispensable to the U.S. at the same time as he has struggled to get the common taking part in time he desires at Milan.

Notable or Quotable: “Orange chicken and fried rice — I always get that at Panda Express. The sweet chicken is just perfect.” — On his favourite meal when he is in the US

Kellyn Acosta

Age: 27
Membership: LAFC (USA) | Place: Midfielder
Debut: Jan. 31, 2016 vs. Iceland
Appearances: 53 (two targets)

Search for him to … Be a gentle hand off the bench within the midfield, significantly in the case of set-piece supply. Berhalter has talked usually concerning the significance of intangibles with a younger group, and Acosta is the embodiment of the thought.

Notable or Quotable: “I thought my national-team career was done. And it was a sad feeling because I experienced a lot but I felt like I still had a lot to give.” — On going greater than two years between call-ups earlier than getting one other alternative in 2020

Cristian Roldan

Age: 27
Membership: Seattle Sounders (USA) | Place: Midfielder
Debut: July 12, 2017 vs. Martinique
Appearances: 32

Search for him to … Learn the sport in addition to any participant on the sector, permitting him to be serviceable off the bench in a wide range of roles, both in midfield or on the wing. All through qualifying, Berhalter raved usually about Roldan’s tactical consciousness and power.

Notable or Quotable: Roldan had a alternative when it got here to which nation he would symbolize internationally. Whereas he selected the U.S., his youthful brother, Alex, performs for the El Salvador nationwide group.

Antonee Robinson

Age: 25
Membership: Fulham (England) | Place: Defender
Debut: Could 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia
Appearances: 29 (two targets)

Search for him to … Push ahead (so much) on the left, serving to to create probabilities in addition to attacking on the again submit when the ball comes from the other facet. Robinson can also be a strong defender. Over the previous 12 months, he is been statistically top-level in blocks, clearances and aerials received.

Notable or Quotable: Typically goes by the identify Jedi, which he has been known as since he was younger due to his love for the Star Wars motion pictures.

DeAndre Yedlin

Age: 29
Membership: Inter Miami (USA) | Place: Defender
Debut: Feb. 1, 2014, vs. South Korea
Appearances: 75

Search for him to … Add versatility off the bench both as an attacking wing-back or in a extra defensive function. Yedlin is the one participant who has beforehand been on a U.S. World Cup roster: He performed in three video games in the course of the 2014 event in Brazil.

Notable or Quotable: “We were just too complacent in the last game, too complacent going into it. So every game I play in, I try to just be in the moment. Because if you get too far ahead of yourself, things that are happening in the present will pass by you. And all of a sudden, you have like the situation what happened to us in 2018.” — On the crushing feeling of failing to qualify for the World Cup 4 years in the past

Joe Scally

Age: 19
Membership: Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany) | Place: Defender
Debut: June 1, 2021 vs. Morocco
Appearances: 3

Search for him to … Provide insurance coverage at full-back as a participant who’s stout in protection and likes to push ahead, whereas additionally serving as an possibility at center-back. If he sees a gap within the attacking third, too, be prepared: Scally has proven a penchant for capturing from distance.

Notable or Quotable: “I feel like the Europeans always think they’re better in all these ways just because they’re from Europe. So that’s definitely one perception I’ve taken when I came over here: that they think we’re just like NFL players running with the ball.” — On how he feels European gamers see American gamers

Jordan Morris

Age: 27
Membership: Seattle Sounders (USA) | Place: Ahead
Debut: Nov. 8, 2014, vs. Republic of Eire
Appearances: 49 (11 targets)

Search for him to … Give the starters on the wing a break and supply wanted power late in a sport. Even at 27, Morris remains to be a speedster and might end when given the possibility: He scored seven targets for Seattle this season.

Notable or Quotable: The tattoo on his proper forearm is of the caduceus, a medical image, with the characters T1D above it; it is there to let medics know, in case of an emergency, that Morris has Kind 1 diabetes.


FINE ARTS

Ingenious. Whimsical. Revolutionary. These are the creatives, the maestros for the U.S. They’re those charged with unlocking the People’ aptitude, those who will use their skills to showcase the wonder that lies inside the U.S. group.

Gio Reyna

Age: 19
Membership: Borussia Dortmund (Germany) | Place: Midfielder
Debut: Nov. 12, 2020, vs. Wales
Appearances: 14 (4 targets)

Search for him to … Run with the ball at his ft, creating area and opening lanes for his teammates. Accidents have been regrettably fixed for Reyna, but when he can keep wholesome for the entire event, he figures to be a legit candidate for the group’s most respected participant.

Notable or Quotable: Reyna’s father, Claudio, was a USMNT legend, and his mom additionally represented the U.S. Danielle Egan, as she was recognized then, made six appearances (and scored one objective) for the USWNT in 1993.

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Sam Borden chats with USMNT midfielder Gio Reyna about coping with his psychological well being and his harm struggles.

Yunus Musah

Age: 19
Membership: Valencia (Spain) | Place: Midfielder
Debut: Nov. 12, 2020, vs. Wales
Appearances: 19

Search for him to … Be assertive, each on the ball and defensively, as a crucial piece of the McKennie-Adams-Musah midfield trio. Musah is likely one of the group’s most full gamers: In LaLiga, he is statistically robust amongst midfielders in every thing from assists and dribbles to tackles and clearances.

Notable or Quotable: “I feel like we want to be on the field and express ourselves, and when you’re on the field and trying to express yourself, I think the best version of yourself comes out.” — On what he likes concerning the USMNT’s philosophy

Brenden Aaronson

Age: 22
Membership: Leeds United (England) | Place: Ahead
Debut: Feb. 1, 2020, vs. Costa Rica
Appearances: 24 (six targets)

Search for him to … By no means cease operating, whether or not on the wing or centrally (and he could also be utilized in each spots). Aaronson, whose power has made him a fast fan favourite at Leeds, finds methods to open up the opponent: He is within the 94th percentile amongst midfielders in the case of delivering key passes.

Notable or Quotable: “The way I would describe myself is just energetic — I like to get after it, I’m relentless. Anybody I’ve ever talked to says I’m like a little pest.” — On how he tries to affect a sport

Luca de la Torre

Age: 24
Membership: Celta Vigo (Spain) | Place: Midfielder
Debut: June 2, 2018, vs. Republic of Eire
Appearances: 12

Search for him to … Make good selections, using wonderful area consciousness, when used as a rotational starter or substitute, although inactivity may very well be a priority. De la Torre hasn’t performed greater than 20 minutes in a sport for Celta Vigo this season.

Notable or Quotable: “I think I have a skill set where I try to put players around me in better positions. So, I think I can make other players better.” — On his function with the USMNT

Shaq Moore

Age: 26
Membership: Nashville SC | Place: Defender
Debut: June 2, 2018 vs. Republic of Eire
Appearances: 15 (one objective)

Search for him to … Be an possibility off the bench at outdoors again, the place he is a really robust tackler and aggressive in creating probabilities. After bouncing round Spanish golf equipment since 2015, he joined Nashville this summer season for the late-season MLS playoff push.

Notable or Quotable: Moore has only a single worldwide objective, but it surely’s a memorable one: Within the 2021 Gold Cup, Moore scored after simply 14 seconds towards Canada, setting the report for the quickest objective in USMNT historical past.