The injury bug continued to hit the U.S. men’s national team September roster ahead of the start of this week’s camp in Germany.
Mark McKenzie and Erik Palmer-Brown were called into Gregg Berhalter’s roster on Sunday as injury replacements for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Chris Richards. Both Carter-Vickers and Richards have been forced out of the camp due to minor injuries, U.S. Soccer announced.
The 23-year-old McKenzie has earned eight caps for the USMNT, including a 120-minute performance against Mexico in the 2021 Concacaf Nations League Final. A former Philadelphia Union homegrown, McKenzie has been a regular starter in the Belgian Pro League this season with Genk, starting in each of the club’s last six matches.
Palmer-Brown, 25, has earned two of his four USMNT camps in 2022, featuring in a World Cup Qualifying draw at Mexico before also playing against Uruguay in a June friendly. A former Sporting KC homegrown player, Palmer-Brown moved to Manchester City in June 2018.
Palmer-Brown served loan spells in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and France before earning a permanent transfer to Troyes in February. He has started in eight Ligue 1 matches this season for the top-flight side.
The USMNT will face Japan in Dusseldorf, Germany on Sept. 23 before closing out its World Cup preparation on Sept. 27 in Murcia, Spain against Saudi Arabia.