Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Sergiño Dest are among the top names headlining the U.S. men’s national team’s 28-man roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador, Canada and Honduras.
Gregg Berhalter has called in a larger-than-normal squad for the first qualifiers of 2022, beginning with the January 27 home qualifier against El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio.
The squad is a good mix of European-based players and MLS players, and features the return to the full squad of Jordan Morris, who is back from injury.
Tim Weah is in the squad after recently recovering from injury, while DeAndre Yedlin made the cut after recently playing his first club match in a month this past weekend.
Midfielder Luca De La Torre and fullback Brooks Lennon are among the fringe options brought in, along with young Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, who is the fourth goalkeeper in a group that features Zack Steffen and Matt Turner.
Among the players left off the roster are Gio Reyna, who has yet to return to action with Borussia Dortmund since resuming training for the injuries that have kept him out since September, and John Brooks, who was left off in favor of Mark McKenzie in central defense.
Among the other players who missed out are fullbacks Joe Scally and Sam Vines, with Berhalter bringing back Reggie Cannon along with DeAndre Yedlin at right back, with Dest looking likely to feature at left back at some point during the upcoming qualifiers.
Here is the full 28-player roster:
USMNT World Cup qualifying roster
GOALKEEPERS: Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 26/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 13/0)
DEFENDERS: Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 22/1), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 15/2), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United; 1/0), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 8/0), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER; 6/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 15/3), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 15/3), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 71/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 23/2)
MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 45/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 22/1), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED; 4/0), Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution; 33/8), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 28/8), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 11/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 30/0)
FORWARDS: Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 15/5), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 42/8), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 5/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 40/10), Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg/GER; 7/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 42/17), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 18/2), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 66/14)
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