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McKennie withdraws from USMNT camp due to injury


Weston McKennie became the third player to withdraw from the U.S. Men’s National Team squad for the October friendlies against Colombia and Peru on Sunday.

The Schalke midfielder, who scored a goal in each of his club’s games this week, was diagnosed with a right adductor injury.

The 20-year-old left Schalke’s game against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday in the 79th minute.

McKennie joins Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams on the USMNT injury list after the pair of stars took themselves off the squad due to injuries on Friday.

McKennie was expected to once again play a key role in the upcoming matches, the first of which occurs on Thursday in Tampa against Colombia, especially with Adams off the roster.

Toronto FC midfielder Marky Delgado, who has been a fixture in USMNT camp in 2018, was named as McKennie’s replacement on the 23-man roster.


  1. Well these withdrawals will make our chances of getting a result very poor. Maybe he doesn’t like the idea of a long flight only to watch Bradley play?

    Sarachan must be less than happy.

  2. The USMNT should copy rbny. Rbny has a system in place where any player is replaceable and players play better then their talent level.

  3. Can we start the rumor that the injuries to Adams, McKennie, & Pulisic were engineered so that they wouldn’t have to play with Bradley?

      • David Wagner? I think he was brought in by Sampson as an injury replacement for a WCQ once. Although it was so long ago, I could be mistaken. But your point stands, it’s incredibly rare.

  4. Bradley’s ability to stay open to relieve pressure will be even more important without Adams, McKinnie and Pulisic. Trapp tries to do that, but his instincts are not quite as quick so he is too often not available for teammates. Y

    ou can rant all you want about Bradley, but he is still the best player on the USMNT when it comes to being open whenever a teammate finds himself in trouble. Without that presence, the US loses possession even more cheaply.

      • He had a great freshman year at UNC. In this year’s team photo, it looks like he shed his boyish look, has filled and put on some muscle. Soccer-wise he probably would do better to go pro, but as they say, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  5. ———–Wood—————-

    Probably forgot someone obvious that should start but I didn’t look it up. And Bradley probably starts.

  6. No Adams, McKinnie, or Pulisic…whoa.

    But hey, Sir Jogsalot is back.

    If nothing else, Colombia will probably put an emphatic and comprehensive end to the notion that Michael Bradley belongs anywhere near the USMNT again. I’m sure the fans are going to be really happy to see MB jogging all over the lot again too.

    And this is why you don’t have a substitute teacher as the USMNT head coach…and why we need guys who can demand – and get – guys with those little knocks show up and earn their spot…like everyone else.

    • Ives reported on his twitter that final interviews have begun for the USMNT Manager. No indication how long that will take, but if Earnie and the board like what they have found, it should be done soon.

    • Controversial thought — Love him or hate him, Klinsmann would’ve been a great guy for the job at hand over the next 18 months. Tactical shortcomings aside, few doubted he was excellent at identifying and blooding new talent, and convincing them to compete for spots at any opportunity.
      Do I really believe this? Meh. Probably not. Growing pains were always going to be likely when US Soccer made a decision (which most approved of at the time) to clean house and reorganize. And right now we are at the part of the curve where the growing pains were always going to be at the highest (e.g. new executive, new Earnie, interim coach). Certainly, one could make a case that in the short run, we’d be in a more comfortable and functional place right now if we had simply persisted with the Klinsmann-Gulati era). But it wasn’t a short run decision. Probably as much as a year before we even achieve something that feels like stability. But yes, I agree, Job #1 is to get the coach in place.

      • One could also argue he was in charge during the lost generation (current 25-28-year-olds) that saw few to none develop, which forced too many older players on the field in the last qualifying round. Shea, Agudelo, Lletget, Gyau, and Gatt all went to Europe to challenge themselves and didn’t pan out.

      • Ha fair point… though we have got to be the only country on earth where people blame the national team manager for the failures of players at the club level.

      • Gyau and Gatt got injured so I wouldn’t hold that against then. Gyau was about to break through at Dortmund before the injury and now I believe he has started his last 2 games. The others mentioned yea.

    • You hit the nail on the head about knocks and substitute teacher. Thanks Save but we won’t see our best players together on the field let alone camp until close to the Gold Cup. Whaddya think maybe 2-3 games if we’re lucky? I have supported the USMNT since the very early 90’s when it was lucky to see the team in TV without paying to see. What’s going on now is from my opinion is circa 1995 and honestly the Cooa team from that year would rip the current in to shreds. Way to go back to the future USSF

  7. my two cents: all 22 (or however remaining) kids should withdraw and let the football philosopher play by himself.

    i hope that mckennie’s injury is not serious.


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