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USMNT roster for World Cup qualifying: Christian Pulisic returns for USA-Mexico

USMNT roster for World Cup qualifying: Christian Pulisic returns for USA-Mexico


Christian Pulisic will be back for the U.S. men’s national team just in time for one of its most important World Cup qualifiers against rival Mexico (Nov. 12), one of two qualifiers that will be played in the November international window. The other will see the USA face Jamaica in Kingston on Nov. 16.

Pulisic missed all three qualifiers in October due to an ankle injury he picked up with the USMNT in a victory at Honduras on Sept. 8. He only made his return to competitive action nearly two months later when he took the field for Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League group stage match against Malmo FF on Nov. 2.

While Pulisic’s return is the big story, so are the players who will be missing due to injury. Starters Sergino Dest (FC Barcelona) and Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) will miss the November matches due to injury. Reyna has a long-standing hamstring injury that was also suffered with the USMNT against El Salvador in September. Dest picked up a lower back injury in Champions League play with Barcelona.

MORE: CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter used the opportunity to call up 18-year-old U.S. fullback Joe Scally, who’s enjoyed a strong start in his first year with German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach. Scally has made 12 appearances for the club, including 10 in the Bundesliga. He already has a goal and an assist to his name.

Among the other players left out from the last camp are forward Gyasi Zardes (left knee injury), left back George Bello and right back Shaq Moore. Jesus Ferreira, Sam Vines and Reggie Cannon take their place. Matthew Hoppe and Luca de la Torre will also miss out, as will out-of-form veteran defender John Brooks who issued this statement to Fox Sports soccer reporter Doug McIntyre:

USMNT World Cup qualifying roster

Goalkeepers (3): Sean Johnson (NYCFC), Zack Steffen (Manchester City / ENG), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)

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Defenders (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista / POR), Mark McKenzie (Genk / BEL), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim / GER), Antonee Robinson (Fulham / ENG), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach / GER), Sam Vines (Antwerp / BEL), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray / TUR), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)

Midfielders (7): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig / GER), Gianluca Busio (Venezia / ITA), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Juventus / ITA), Yunus Musah (Valencia / ESP), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)

Forwards (6): Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg / AUT), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea / ENG), Tim Weah (LOSC Lille / FRA)

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USMNT World Cup qualifying schedule

Match Date Opponent / Result
1 Thurs, Sept. 2, 2021 El Salvador 0, USA 0 Highlights
2 Sun, Sept. 5, 2021 USA 1, Canada 1 Highlights
3 Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 Honduras 1, USA 4 Highlights
4 Thurs, Oct. 7, 2021 USA 2, Jamaica 0 Highlights
5 Sun, Oct. 10, 2021 Panama 1, USA 0 Highlights
6 Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 USA 2, Costa Rica 1 Highlights
7 Fri, Nov. 12, 2021 USA vs. Mexico 9 p.m. ET
8 Tues, Nov. 16, 2021 Jamaica vs. USA 5 p.m. ET
9 Thurs, Jan. 27, 2022 USA vs. El Salvador TBD
10 Sun, Jan. 30, 2022 Canada vs. USA TBD
11 Wed, Feb. 2, 2022 USA vs. Honduras TBD
12 Thurs, March 24, 2022 Mexico vs. USA TBD
13 Sun, March 27, 2022 USA vs. Panama TBD
13 Wed, March 30, 2022 Costa Rica vs. USA TBD

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Each team plays the other home and away for a total of 14 qualifying matches.

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The top three teams earn direct berths to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while fourth place advances to a playoff against a team from another region.

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1. Mexico 14 6 4 2 10 3 +7
2. USA 11 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5
3. Canada 10 6 2 4 10 4 +6
4. Panama 8 6 2 2 2 6 6
5. Costa Rica 6 6 1 2 3 4 5 -1
6. El Salvador 5 6 1 3 2 2 7 -5
7. Jamaica 5 6 1 3 2 4 8 -4
8. Honduras 3 6 3 3 2 10 -8



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