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Berhalter Calls 27 Players For March World Cup Qualifying Training Camp – U.S. Soccer

CHICAGO (March 17, 2022) – As 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying begins the home stretch, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has called 27 players to prepare for the final trio of Octagonal matches. The BioSteel USMNT Training Camp roster will begin reporting to camp in Houston this weekend.
After 11 matches played in the final round of qualifying, the USA sits in second place with the top three teams in Concacaf clinching automatic berths to Qatar, while the fourth-place team will participate in an intercontinental playoff in June.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to achieve our goal of qualifying for the World Cup,” Berhalter said. “We have a group that’s ready to compete and deal with the challenges that come our way.”
This World Cup qualifying cycle wraps up with a trio of matches during the March international window as the USA faces regional rival Mexico in Mexico City on March 24 (10 p.m. ET, Univision, TUDN, CBS Sports Network, Paramount+), Panama in Orlando, Fla. on March 27 (7 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMás, TUDN) and Costa Rica in San Jose on March 30 (Paramount+, Universo, Peacock).
Fans will also be able to follow all the matches via Facebook, Twitter @USMNT, Instagram @USMNT and the official U.S. Soccer App.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 7/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 9/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 26/0),
DEFENDERS (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 24/1), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 17/2), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 21/3), Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes/FRA; 2/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 22/2), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 17/3), James Sands (Rangers/SCO; 7/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 71/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 25/3)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 48/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 24/1), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; 8/0), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED; 5/0), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 13/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 31/0)
FORWARDS (9): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 18/5), Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; 43/8), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 7/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 43/10), Jordan Pefok (Young Boys/SUI; 8/1), Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg/GER; 9/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 45/18), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund; 9/4), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 20/2)
The matches are scheduled during a FIFA international window, making all players available for selection. While teams can summon a larger group, the game day roster for World Cup Qualifiers may only include 23 players.
The eight-team group remains tight at the top, with five teams still vying for the three automatic berths. With three games remaining, only Canada has reached the threshold of finishing no lower than fourth.
The United States would need to earn five points to absolutely guarantee automatic qualification. Beyond that, the calculus will change after virtually every match that is played during the window. In addition to qualifying, this current group has the opportunity to make history as the USMNT has never won a World Cup Qualifier away to Mexico or Costa Rica.
Of the 27 players, a total of 19 were part of the January/February World Cup Qualifying roster. With 71 caps, DeAndre Yedlin is the most experienced player on the roster, followed by Kellyn Acosta (48), Christian Pulisic (45), Paul Arriola (43), Jordan Morris (43), Cristian Roldan (31), Zack Steffen (26) and Walker Zimmerman (25). Six players have double-digit World Cup Qualifying caps: Christian Pulisic (20), DeAndre Yedlin (17), Kellyn Acosta (16), Brenden Aaronson (11), Tyler Adams (10) and Antonee Robinson (10).
Aaron Long, Gio Reyna and Zack Steffen are back in the squad after missing out through injury. In the case of Long, it will be his first opportunity in World Cup Qualifying after an achilles injury sidelined him from National Team duty since March of last year. Reyna last appeared for the USMNT in the opening match of the final round of qualifying, the 0-0 draw at El Salvador on Sept. 2, 2021.
Another trio of players return to the fold in goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, defender Erik Palmer Brown and forward Jordan Pefok. Meantime, the U.S. will be without services of Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, who suffered a broken left foot on Feb. 22 in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Villarreal.
The USMNT player pool for World Cup Qualifying is arguably the youngest in the world, but the age and experience continue to grow. In addition to 27 players already earning their first appearance in a World Cup Qualifier through the first 11 matches, Berhalter has twice sent out starting lineups that were the youngest ever for the United States in a qualifier.
Brenden Aaronson is the only player to appear in all 11 U.S. matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams and Antonee Robinson have each played in 10 qualifiers this cycle. Altogether, 36 players have earned at least one cap during this qualifying campaign.
Such is the long and arduous road of World Cup Qualifying in Concacaf that it is typical for the places to be determined in the final matches of the group. Prior to this campaign, the Final Round consisted of six teams playing a total of 10 matches. In the previous five cycles in which the USA qualified, it took until Matchday 9 of 10 two times, Matchday 8 two times, and Matchday 7 once.
As mentioned above, this trio of matches includes two opportunities for the U.S. to get unique results on the road. Heading into the famed Estadio Azteca in search of its first win in qualifying at the venue, the United States has earned a point there in the past two World Cup Qualifiers. Away to Costa Rica, the USA collected its first and only point in this competition when the team earned a 1-1 draw in Alajuela way back in 1985.
Those games bookend the USA’s final home match of the campaign, the March 27 encounter with Panama in Orlando. Fortune has shined on the pitch at Exploria Stadium, as the United States has won all four of its matches at the ground, including its last encounter at home in qualifying against Panama.
For the first time, Concacaf has included eight teams in the final round of qualifying for the World Cup. The teams will play a round-robin, home and away format which includes 14 matches each. Due to the global health pandemic, a process which normally takes place during the course of 18 months has been reduced to seven. Additionally, the condensed schedule includes four ‘triple dates’ consisting of three matches during a seven-day window. The following teams have reached the final round: Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Mexico and the United States.
U.S. Soccer kicked off its “Countdown to World Cup Qualifying” promotion with the launch of “Only Forward,” / “Solo Pa’lante,” U.S. Soccer’s new creative campaign focused on uniting fans and the USMNT in a collective journey to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Developed in conjunction with the players, coaches and staff, “Only Forward / Solo Pa’lante” highlights a young, diverse and global-minded Men’s National Team that is humble yet resilient as it looks to tackle the challenge of World Cup Qualifying during the next eight months. After an action-packed summer in which the deep U.S. player pool responded to adversity on and off the field and proved itself with two regional championship trophies, the USMNT is ready to show the world that they are prepared to change the way the world views American soccer.

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