US soccer coach Gregg Berhalter has named his 26-strong roster for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and there are a few surprises in there. Among the players who didn’t make it, goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s exclusion is the biggest shock.
Others who won’t be playing in Qatar include Ricardo Pepi and Paul Arriola, with Miles Robinson and Chris Richards also missing out due to injuries.
The USA is in Group B, together with England, Wales and Iran. You can read our group B preview here.
So, who will be the players trying to make their country proud?
Matt Turner – Arsenal
The Arsenal goalkeeper had an excellent Gold Cup, where the team conceded just a single game in six games. He then started the early World Cup qualifiers, but it still wasn’t clear to onlookers whether Berhalter preferred him or Steffen.
In the end, it looks like Turner will start the first group game against Wales on November 21. While he deserves the chance, fans will be hoping that his relatively poor footwork doesn’t let him down.
🔥 MT30 🔥 pic.twitter.com/9sZzoIlySO
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 27, 2022
Ethan Horvath – Luton Town
With eight international appearances to his name, Horvath also has a wealth of experience playing with the US youth teams at different age levels.
He’s currently on loan from his parent club Nottingham Forest to Luton Town, where he’s kept a total of eight clean sheets already this season.
Horvath has already shown that he can be relied upon, replacing Steffen in the 2021 CONCACAF National League final and playing a big part in the victory.
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) November 9, 2022
Sean Johnson – New York City FC
Johnson is probably regarded as the roster’s third-choice keeper, so it’s unlikely we see him play in Qatar.
However, the New York City FC captain is thought to be an important member of the group. He’s only played once in the US national team in the last couple of years.
Next stop: @FIFAWorldCup 🛫🌍🏆
— New York City Football Club (@NYCFC) November 9, 2022
Cameron Carter-Vickers – Celtic
The first of the defenders has been hugely successful since moving to Scotland to play in 2021.
Carter-Vickers had come through the Tottenham academy and had spent time at several clubs on loan before joining Celtic on a loan that turned into a permanent deal this summer.
He got his first cap back in 2016 and will be looking to add to the 11 he’s earned in total.
Huge congratulations to Cameron Carter-Vickers, who is on his way to the World Cup with the USA national team. 🇺🇸🇺🇸
Catholic Utd youth player, signed for Celtic, appeared in the Champions League and now due to appear in the World Cup! 👏 pic.twitter.com/6vxKDupdjr
— Catholic Utd Football Club (@CatholicUtd) November 9, 2022
Sergiño Dest – AC Milan
There had been serious doubts about whether the AC Milan full-back would be part of the World Cup roster, as he’s had a difficult time in 2022.
On loan at the Italian club from Barcelona, Dest first played for the US team in 2019, having represented the country at various youth levels before then.
Destinho 🚀 pic.twitter.com/tTWbaV4jC9
— USMNTrev (@Eyesandvibes) November 3, 2022
Aaron Long – New York Red Bulls
This California-born center-back joined the MLS in the 2014 draft and has been playing with the Red Bulls since 2017.
In 2018, Long was the MLS Defender of the Year and earned the first of his 29 caps to date. This is considered one of the team’s weakest areas, so supporters will be hoping to see him perform strongly.
It's been quite the journey back for @A_LoLo12.
Now, he's heading to Qatar. 🇺🇸https://t.co/rIu6RYEp8A
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) November 9, 2022
Shaq Moore – Nashville SC
Moore returned to the US this year, with the right-back signing for Nashville SC after spending the early years of his career in Spain.
He’s been part of the national team since 2018 and returned to the roster for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup are being overlooked for a couple of years.
THEY'RE GOING TO THE FIFA WORLD CUP 🇺🇸
— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) November 9, 2022
Tim Ream – Fulham
The Fulham captain’s international career seemed to be over a few years ago, with Berhalter suggesting that he might not be fast enough to play with a high defensive line.
Yet, the veteran center-back is now back and will be hoping to add to his 46 international appearances to date.
Tim Ream is in fantastic form for Fulham in the Premier League and earned himself a World Cup roster spot 👏
Well deserved. pic.twitter.com/3GUxnAyQdN
— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) November 9, 2022
Antonee Robinson – Fulham
Robinson was born in England but chose to play for the US national youth teams before getting his first full cap in 2018.
Expect to see him start against Wales in the left-back position, as the player known as Jedi played in all but one of the qualifying games.
Beyond Honoured to be selected for the World Cup Roster 🙌🏽
This is a moment I’ve dreamt of ever since I first kicked a ball ⚽️
An incredibly special moment for me and my family, and I can’t wait to get out there and give everything for my country 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/RPoGyKBdd8
— Antonee Robinson (@Antonee_Jedi) November 9, 2022
Joe Scally – Borussia Monchengladbach
Able to cover both full-back positions, New York-born Scally moved to Germany in 2019 and has been ever-present for his team this season.
He made his debut with the national team just a few months ago but his versatility means that we may see him step in if either full-back misses a game.
✅ Promising teenage right-back Joe Scally will be on the USMNT final World Cup roster on Wednesday. 👀 pic.twitter.com/Cuu1yxJOh8
— USMNT 🇺🇸 (@USMNTTAKES) November 8, 2022
DeAndre Yedlin – Inter Miami
This defender is the only member of the World Cup 2022 roster to have played in the 2014 tournament, where he made some late appearances.
This time around, his versatility means that he can cover several positions on the right-hand side if needed.
— U.S. Men's National Soccer Team (@USMNT) November 11, 2022
Walker Zimmerman – Nashville SC
Born in Georgia, Zimmerman won his first US cap in 2017 but seemed out of the picture until he became a starter during the qualifying campaign.
He’s now expected to start in one of those troublesome center-back spots, although he’s never started a game with Ream before.
Brenden Aaronson – Leeds United
The first midfielder on the list, Aaronson started his career with Bethlehem Steel but became the second most expensive American player in history when he joined Leeds this summer.
He now has 24 appearances and 6 goals for the US team and can play in a more advanced position, so he could become one of the key players in Qatar.
“Think how far you’ve come…”
Brenden Aaronson gets the good news from Gregg Berhalter 🇺🇸
— U.S. Men's National Soccer Team (@USMNT) November 11, 2022
Kellyn Acosta – Los Angeles FC
Born in Texas and with Japanese/Puerto Rican parents, Acosta joined his current team at the start of 2022.
He made his first international appearance in 2016 and is well-known for his free-kick ability as well as for adding defensive strength to the roster.
It was all a dream… now it’s a reality 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/oSGc5BAnk2
— Kellyn Acosta (@KellynAcosta) November 10, 2022
Tyler Adams – Leeds United
After coming through the New York Red Bulls academy, Adams now plays in England with Leeds. He’s another member of the roster who adds a high degree of versatility, but his role is normally as the midfield destroyer for the US.
Was it ever in doubt?
— BBC Sport West Yorkshire (@BBCWYS) November 10, 2022
Luca de la Torre – Celta Vigo
One of the final players to impress during the qualifying campaign, de la Torre plays in the Spanish league and has a high level of technical skills.
His first start came against Honduras at the start of 2022.
— RC Celta (@RCCelta) July 8, 2022
Weston McKennie – Juventus
McKennie played most of his soccer in the US and Germany before moving to Italy as the first American to join Juventus.
He’s a crucial part of the team’s 3-player midfield and can start attacks from deep or else move forward to join the attack.
— Weston McKennie (@WMckennie) July 21, 2022
Yunus Musah – Valencia
Musah represented England at various youth levels before committing to the US program in 2021. Since then, he’s picked up 19 caps and has become a starter in the team’s midfield.
He’s been impressive with Valencia in Spain and could move to one of the continent’s biggest clubs before too long.
— Yunus Dimoara Musah (@yunusmusah8) November 10, 2022
Cristian Roldan – Seattle Sounders
One of the more surprising selections for the World Cup roster, Roldan is a hard-working player.
While some analysts believe that he doesn’t fit into Berhalter’s preferred system, he adds depth to the midfield options.
— Cristian Roldan⚽ (@CristianRoldan) November 9, 2022
Jesus Ferreira – FC Dallas
Moving on to the forwards, Ferreira has sometimes looked like the best choice as the number 9 in the coach’s system, but doubts remain over his ability to score enough goals at this level.
Having said that, he got his first international hat trick this year.
A moment earned, not given.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) November 9, 2022
Jordan Morris – Seattle Sounders
One of several excellent wingers on the roster, Morris faces a challenge to add to his 49 caps and 11 goals.
He got back into the national team at the start of 22 after a long injury lay-off, and he said that the dream of playing in the World Cup helped him on the road to recovery.
— Jordan Morris (@JmoSmooth13) November 10, 2022
Christian Pulisic – Chelsea
Another winger, Pulisic can also play as an attacking midfielder. He’s the youngest player to ever captain the US, and also the most expensive American player ever sold.
Many experts are tipping him to be one of the stars of the tournament in Qatar, as he is the main star in the USA roster.
— EUCUP (@EUCUPdotCOM) November 11, 2022
Gio Reyna – Borussia Dortmund
Capable of playing as a winger or attacking midfielder, Reyna missed most of last season but has started this season in good form.
One of the most exciting young players in world football, and this could be a breakthrough tournament for him.
— Gio Reyna (@GioAReyna10) November 10, 2022
Josh Sargent – Norwich City
Sargent seemed to be falling out of the picture lately but has enjoyed a good start to the season with Norwich to force himself into the roster.
Despite Norwich’s relegation last season, the Missouri-born forward has been one of the highlights of the team.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) November 9, 2022
Timothy Weah – Lille
Another young winger, Weah was born in New York and is the son of the legendary player George Weah.
He’s got 3 goals in 25 international appearances and should get some game-time in Qatar.
🚨 USMNT international Timothy Weah for Lille today
☑️ 90 min
🔑 2 chances created
🔥 100% successful dribbles
🔀 2 accurate crosses
🤌🏻 3 accurate long balls
🎯 82% passing
💪 100% tackles won
⚔️ 5 duels won
✅ 7.5 fotmob rating
Strong performance in that “RWB” role pic.twitter.com/UqUqURyPwD
— USMNT 🇺🇸 (@USMNTTAKES) November 6, 2022
Haji Wright – Antalyaspor
The last name on the list is probably the one that surprised most people. Wright has played with most of the roster in US youth teams, but he hasn’t been part of the qualifying campaign.
Yet, a goal-scoring start to the season in Turkey saw him added to the list and with a chance to add to his solitary international goal to date.
🎉 Tebrikler Haji Wright
🇺🇸 Futbolcumuz Haji Wright, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri'nin 2022 FIFA Dünya Kupası kadrosuna davet edildi.
— Fraport TAV Antalyaspor (@Antalyaspor) November 9, 2022