Gregg Berhalter pulled a few surprises with the final choices for his U.S. men’s national team World Cup roster, but he largely stuck with a collection of players he knows very well to represent the USMNT in Qatar.
Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Gio Reyna headline the 26-player roster for the World Cup, joining Tyler Adams, Sergiño Dest and Tim Weah in making up the nucleus of the American squad.
The biggest surprises among the omissions include goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who was left out while Matt Turner, Ethan Horvath and Sean Johnson made up the goalkeeper selections.
Haji Wright beat out Ricardo Pepi and Jordan Pefok among striker options for Berhalter, who selected the Antalyaspor striker to join Jesus Ferreira and Josh Sargent on the roster.
Defensively, Tim Ream and Shaq Moore were among the surprise inclusions, while Mark McKenzie and Reggie Cannon were among the defenders who missed out, along with injured central defender Chris Richards.
DeAndre Yedlin is the only player on the roster with prior World Cup experience, having played on the USMNT squad in the 2014 World Cup.
Here is the full 26-man USMNT roster that will compete in the World Cup, starting with the opening match against Wales (Nov. 21), followed by group-stage matches against England (Nov. 25) and Iran (Nov. 29).
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town/ENG; 8/0; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 10/0; Lilburn, Ga.), Matt Turner (Arsenal/ENG; 20/0; Park Ridge, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (9): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic/SCO; 11/0; Southend-on-Sea, England), Sergiño Dest (AC Milan/ITA; 19/2; Almere, Netherlands), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 29/3; Oak Hills, Calif.), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC; 15/1; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 46/1; St. Louis, Mo.), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 29/2; Liverpool, England), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 3/0; Lake Grove, N.Y.), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF; 75/0; Seattle, Wash.), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 33/3; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United/ENG; 24/6; Medford, N.J.), Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 53/2; Plano, Texas), Tyler Adams (Leeds United/ENG; 32/1; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo/ESP; 12/0; San Diego, Calif.), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 37/9; Little Elm, Texas), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 19/0; London, England), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 32/0; Pico Rivera, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 15/7; McKinney, Texas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 49/11; Mercer Island, Wash.), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 52/21; Hershey, Pa.), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 14/4; Bedford, N.Y.), Josh Sargent (Norwich City/ENG; 20/5; O’Fallon, Mo.), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 25/3; Rosedale, N.Y.), Haji Wright (Antalyaspor/TUR; 3/1; Los Angeles, Calif.)