USMNT roster for World Cup qualifying: No Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, but Weston McKennie back in the fold

The United States men’s national team roster for World Cup qualifying in October was released on Wednesday, and coach Gregg Berhalter called up 27 players for the three-game window. The roster doesn’t included Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, the team’s two most talented players, due to injury. Midfielder Weston McKennie, who was sent home from camp last month for breaking COVID protocols, is quickly back into the squad for next month’s games.

The U.S. got off to a poor start in qualifying with back-to-back draws against El Salvador and Canada, but a big win at Honduras last time out has the team in third place and fully on track to qualify, with hero Ricardo Pepi on the squad.

USMNT roster

Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Zack Steffen (Manchester City), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)

DEFENDERS (10): George Bello (Atlanta United), John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Shaq Moore (Tenerife), Tim Ream (Fulham), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Gianluca Busio (Venezia), Luca de la Torre (Heracles), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)

FORWARDS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Matthew Hoppe (Mallorca), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), Tim Weah (Lille), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)


Thursday, Oct. 7
USA vs. Jamaica, 7:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, Oct. 10
Panama vs. USA, 6 p.m.  ET on Paramount+

Wednesday, Oct. 13
USA vs. Costa Rica, 7 p.m. ET

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