USMNT announce roster for October World Cup qualifiers

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The United States men’s national team roster has been confirmed for October’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the squad on Wednesday morning as the USMNT will begin preparations for its next three qualifying matches. The Americans ended September with one win and two draws. They currently are in third place in the Concacaf octagonal.

USMNT announce roster for October World Cup qualifiers

Here is the 27-man squad selected by manager Gregg Berhalter for October:

Goalkeepers (3): 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)

Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna headline absences as USMNT announce roster

The star American winger from Chelsea will miss out on the October qualifiers after being with the squad for the September matchups. Also missing from the squad is Borussia Dortmund winger Gio Reyna which leaves the USMNT without two of its best players for these three World Cup qualifiers.

Other notable absences include Jordan Pefok, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Miazga, and Josh Sargent. Berhalter is bringing in two new forwards that weren’t included in September’s squad: Matthew Hoppe and Gyasi Zardes. Hoppe recently transferred to Mallorca of La Liga while Zardes just won MLS player of the week for the Columbus Crew. Both players were on the Gold Cup-winning squad.

Among the new midfielders are Gianluca Busio and Luca de la Torre, two youngsters who have combined for only nine caps. Busio has been getting some quality minutes in Serie A with his new club Venezia while de la Torre joins the roster from the Netherlands.

A few new defenders come into the USMNT squad with Shaq Moore and Chris Richards returning. Moore played a key role for the United States in the Gold Cup while Richards comes into the squad from Hoffenheim.

Steffen or Turner?

The question of who the USMNT’s starting goalkeeper should get clarification with Zack Steffen and Revs keeper Matt Turner on the roster together and both healthy. Turner has started the last 9 competitive games for the Americans with six matches in the Gold Cup and getting the nod in the September World Cup qualifiers.

In those nine games, Turner never conceded more than one goal and kept clean sheets in six of those games. Steffen last played for the USMNT in the CONCACAF Nations League Final against Mexico in June. Berhalter seems likely to give both keepers a chance with matches in quick succession.

One story to watch out for is Steffen potentially getting the nod to start against Costa Rica. The match is a homecoming for the Manchester City goalkeeper as he returns to the new home of his former MLS club, the Columbus Crew.

Up Next

The United States resumes its FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in Austin, Texas when they host Jamaica at Q2 Stadium on Oct. 7. Three days later, the USMNT will take on Panama in Panama City. The conclusion of October qualifiers will be in Columbus, Ohio at Field with Costa Rica visiting the United States on Oct. 13.

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