After taking simply two factors from the primary two video games of 2022 World Cup qualifying, the USMNT finds itself in a difficult scenario: a digital must-win showdown in Honduras on Wednesday, with accidents and optimistic COVID-19 check outcomes piling up rapidly.
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Gio Reyna (hamstring), Sergiño Dest (ankle) and Zack Steffen (COVID-19) have all joined Timothy Weah (knock, didn’t report back to camp) on the sidelines since World Cup qualifier no. 1 in El Salvador on Thursday. That’s the USMNT’s beginning no. 10, beginning proper again or left again and beginning goalkeeper, for anybody holding rating at residence.
Tyler Adams is the USMNT’s finest participant
Already, Gregg Berhalter is confronted with just a few uncomfortable questions which require his pressing consideration. The least of which being: Do the poor leads to video games no. 1 and a pair of alter his (presumed) plans to rotate the group with three video games in seven days? Extra bluntly, is he going to start out Tyler Adams and play him 90 minutes once more?
It’s been refreshing, even by way of the disappointing attracts, to observe Adams patrol the midfield as soon as once more for the USMNT. Work price and infinite engine apart, Adams’ lightning-quick studying of the sport and each scenario far and away the USMNT’s most vital and influential participant. If that they had gained one and drawn one to this point, Adams would sit in opposition to Honduras, and that may be that.
However, they didn’t, so he most likely gained’t. Merely put, he can’t be changed in a battle like Honduras away.
How will Berhalter choose the USMNT beginning lineup?
If Steffen hadn’t contracted the virus, he and Matt Turner would have probably cut up the video games two-one (or one-two). Turner has hardly been examined to this point in World Cup qualifying, so he’s carried out nothing memorable nor something to lose the job. If Turner desires to show he’s the no. 1, this can be a dream alternative.
With Dest injured and Reggie Cannon not in camp, DeAndre Yedlin attracts one other begin at proper again by default. John Brooks will preserve his place after resting the primary sport, however he’ll get a brand new accomplice after Miles Robinson went the full-90 in opposition to El Salvador and Canada. Walker Zimmerman, given his expertise in comparison with Mark McKenzie or James Sands, makes essentially the most sense. Dest’s damage, plus the inexperience of George Bello, means Antonee Robinson will begin at left again once more.
Kellyn Acosta to (lastly) strike the appropriate steadiness of ball-winning and ball-progressing in midfield. Christian Pulisic and Konrad de la Fuente might be requested to take action way more than assault on the wings. The identical goes for Josh Sargent, who was changed by Jordan Pefok in opposition to Canada.
Yedlin — Zimmerman — Brooks — A. Robinson
Adams — McKennie
Konrad — Acosta — Pulisic
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