With the next round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying just around the corner, USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter has announced his roster for the October window.
The roster features 27 Americans based in 11 different countries. Back in September, the United States picked up two draws and a win in three WCQ games. After that start, the USMNT currently sit in third place in the octagonal. Berhalter will hope that this group of players can keep the ball rolling in a positive direction.
The USA has two home games in the October window, so this squad has a major opportunity to pick up significant points.
Here’s the detailed personnel for our October business trip.
Oct. 7 vs. 🇯🇲 in Austin
Oct. 10 at 🇵🇦 in Panama City
Oct. 13 vs. 🇨🇷 in Columbus
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) September 29, 2021
Sean Johnson – New York City FC (23 club appearances on the season, 6 clean sheets)
Zack Steffen – Manchester City (2, 0)
Matt Turner – New England Revolution (23, 4)
George Bello – Atlanta United (22 club appearances on the season, 1 goal)
John Brooks – Wolfsburg (7, 0)
Sergiño Dest – Barcelona (7, 0)
Mark McKenzie – Genk (10, 0)
Shaq Moore – Tenerife (3, 0)
Tim Ream – Fulham (10, 0)
Chris Richards – Hoffenheim (5, 0)
Antonee Robinson – Fulham (9, 1)
Miles Robinson – Atlanta United (23, 0)
DeAndre Yedlin – Galatasaray (8, 0)
Kellyn Acosta – Colorado Rapids (17, 1)
Tyler Adams – RB Leipzig (7, 0)
Gianluca Busio – Venezia (18, 2)
Luca de la Torre – Heracles (6, 0)
Sebastian Lletget – LA Galaxy (19, 1)
Weston McKennie – Juventus (6, 0)
Yunus Musah – Valencia (5, 0)
Cristian Roldan – Seattle Sounders (24, 5)
Brenden Aaronson – Red Bull Salzburg (13, 3)
Paul Arriola – D.C. United (19, 5)
Matthew Hoppe – Mallorca (3, 0)
Ricardo Pepi – FC Dallas (26, 13)
Tim Weah – Lille (8, 0)
Gyasi Zardes – Columbus Crew (21, 9)
In their first match of the October window, the USMNT will host Jamaica in Austin, Texas on Thursday, October 7th. The USA will then travel to Panama City to take on Panama on Wednesday the 10th. The USMNT will wrap up the window on October 13th against Costa Rica in Columbus.
Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica will enter the window in fourth, fifth and eighth place in the group respectively. Panama played well in September, earning points in three games against tough teams. Costa Rica was solid defensively but struggled on the offensive end. Los Ticos conceded just two goals but scored only one of their own. Jamaica got off to a tough start but they bring a talented roster to this window.
All three of the USMNT’s opponents in October will be very hungry for success. As a result, the USA will look to lean on their home field advantage in two of the three games. There is simply no time to wait around in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. This is especially true if the USMNT want to keep pace with the current group leaders, Mexico.
If the United States want to stamp their authority on one of the automatic qualifying spots this window is a great chance to pick up points against three teams who should be in contention until the end.
The first two games for the USMNT in September were not pretty. However, they made a huge statement in the second half of their final game in Honduras.
That version of the USMNT is the one fans will want to see for these three big October matches.
Featured image courtesy of @USMNT.
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