Christian Pulisic and Weston McKinney in the USMNT Team Friendlies in September

Chelsea striker Christian PulisicJuventus midfielder Weston McKinneyand the Leeds United duo from Brendan Aronson And the Tyler Adams They are among those selected for a roster of 26 players for the United States national team ahead of the final set of pre-World Cup friendlies.

The United States will play Japan in Dusseldorf, Germany, on September 23, and a match against Saudi Arabia will be played in Murcia, Spain, four days later. The team will meet in Cologne on the first day of training on September 19.

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The United States opened the World Cup on November 21 against Wales, and matches against England and Iran will follow.

“It’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t the final list,” NBA coach Greg Berhalter said during a virtual media briefing on Wednesday. “It is not the final list for the World Cup. A lot could happen between now and November 9, which is when we announce the final list.

“That conversation I had with players who weren’t selected in this camp was that a lot can happen. Some positions, we’re looking at evaluating some players we don’t have enough information about. There weren’t other players just ‘t selected.”

As this is the last time Berhalter sees his players up close until the team meets in Qatar, absent players are also notable. Union Berlin striker Jordan Bivokwho has scored three goals and assisted two so far this season, was among the omissions.

While dealing with a muscle injury recently, he scored 75 minutes in last weekend’s 1-0 win over FC Köln that sent Berlin to the top of the Bundesliga.

“For Jordan, it’s a difficult country,” Berhalter said. “It was a decision that we weren’t going to bring in four strikers. We didn’t feel we had enough game time to give four strikers a chance. So we went with those three, and we’re pretty confident. We know Jordan’s profile. We know what he can do. We didn’t feel the need to see him in This camp is to determine if he can be on the list or not.”

Fulham left full-back Anthony Robinson He was also ruled out due to an ankle injury he sustained in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on 3 September. His place on the list is safe if he is healthy. The injury also prevented the Lille midfielder Timothy Weah from sharing.

defender John Brooks It is another omission. Long an outsider looking inside, and despite his playing pedigree from years in the Bundesliga, Brooks hasn’t scored any minutes with new club Benfica.

Even with Bivok’s absence, the competition for the attacking position will be intense.

Norwich City striker Joshua Sargent He was rewarded for his excellent start to the season in the English Championship, where he scored five goals in eight league matches. His call-up is his first since the first round of World Cup qualifiers in September 2021.

Ricardo Pepe He received a surprise call-up, his first since the World Cup qualifying window held in March 2021. Pepe suffered a stalemate in front of goal, having failed to score since October 2021.

But Pepi contributed a assist to the new club Groningen in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Kambur, and thus was included.

Pepe and Sargent are joined by the FC Dallas striker Jesus Ferrera, who scored his 18th goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win over LAFC. This means FC Cincinnati Brandon Vasquez and Antalyaspor Hajji WrightBoth are in good shape for their clubs, miss.

When you talk about a man like Ricardo [Pepi], who has three goals in the qualifiers, and has played with us in a number of World Cup qualifiers, explained Berhalter. “When you think of Josh Sargent – he started in some really big games for us, which played in the playoffs, played in the Nations League semi-finals. The final, he’s also been around for a while.

“The decision was made to give these guys a chance. I feel bad for Brandon [Vazquez]. I talked to him, told him this wasn’t the end and he kept doing what he’s doing and kept himself in the conversation. That’s all I can do.”

The goalkeeper’s position is another position that has been a source of concern lately, given the lack of first-team minutes for some of the unit’s members.

Middlesbrough knee injury zach steven I saw him miss four games in a row and it would prevent him from showing up for the Americans. Arsenal goalkeeper Matt TurnerLuton Town Ethan Horvath and New York City F.C Shawn Johnson Will compete for minutes during the next window.

“Matt Turner, I don’t expect fitness to be an issue,” Berhalter said of the former New England Revolution goalkeeper who has only featured once for Arsenal since joining the Premier League this summer. “Maybe he plays a little bit of tempo and rust.

“I think Zack [Steffen]”He’s chime in, he’s been training with him,” Berhalter added, “He’s had a great deal of time, and for him, I think the important thing – and this is the conversation I had with him – is to stay in his everyday environment, work every day to get back on the field.”

Berhalter also revealed that he had been in contact with a binational midfielder Alejandro Zendegas. The Club America player represented the United States at youth level before subsequently appearing in two major friendlies for Mexico, although questions have been raised about his eligibility, given that he did not sign the one-off official switch with FIFA to represent him. don’t you see.

“This is a guy who was in our youth programs,” Berhalter said. “So when you ask if he’s on our radar, he’s been on the radar all along, a guy who’s been on the national youth teams and grew up in [U.S.] Youth soccer system.

“We’ve been watching him, we’ve been watching him. I’ve already talked to him on the phone, and he’s doing well. So, we’ll continue to monitor him for the next couple of months.”

Detailed list by job (club/country; covers/goals)

goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town/England; 8/0), Shawn Johnson (New York City FC; 10/0), Matt Turner (Arsenal/England; 18/0)

Defenders (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/Por, 27/1), Cameron Carter Vickers (Celtic/SCO; 11/0), Sergino Dest (AC Milan/ETA; 17/2), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 27/3), Chris Richards (Crystal Palace / Eng; 8/0), Joe Scully (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 2/0), Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp/Bel; 8/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 74/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 31/3)

Mediators (6): Clean Acosta (LAFC; 52/2), Tyler Adams (Leeds United/ENG; 30/1), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo / ESP; 11/0), Weston McKinney (Juventus / Italy; 35/9), Younes Musa (Valencia/ESP; 19/0), Malik Tillman (Rangers/SCO; 2/0)

Attackers (8): Brendan Aaronson (Leeds United/England; 6/22), Paul Areola (FC Dallas; 47/10), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas; 13/7), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders, 48/11), Ricardo Pepe (Groningen/NED; 11/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 51/21), Jiu Rena (Borussia Dortmund/Germany; 4/12) Josh Sargent (Norwich City/England; 3/19)

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