The USMNT Roster Is Getting Absurdly Deep; Look At List Of Snubs From Latest WCQ Roster

In the past playing for a Bundesliga club basically guaranteed a player a spot. Not anymore.

The latest list of USMNT roster snubs for September’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers is a group of players with incredible talent. USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter announced the 26-man roster for the first three games of World Cup qualifying and left out some big names.

First, here’s the full 26-man roster.

USMNT World Cup Qualifying Roster (Sept. 2021)

Goalkeepers

  • Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest)
  • Zack Steffen (Manchester City)
  • Matt Turner (New England Revolution)

Defenders

  • George Bello (Atlanta United)
  • John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
  • Sergiño Dest (Barcelona)
  • Mark McKenzie (Genk)
  • Tim Ream (Fulham)
  • Antonee Robinson (Fulham)
  • Miles Robinson (Atlanta United)
  • James Sands (NYCFC)
  • DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray)
  • Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)

Midfielders

  • Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids)
  • Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
  • Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy)
  • Weston McKennie (Juventus)
  • Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)

Forwards

  • Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg)
  • Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille)
  • Jordan Pefok (BSC Young Boys)
  • Rcardo Pepi (FC Dallas)
  • Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
  • Gio Reyna (Dortmund)
  • Josh Sargent (Norwich City)
  • Tim Weah (Lille)

For those curious of where the USMNT players are playing their club ball, the spread of this roster includes nine players from MLS and 17 from European clubs.

This latest roster also includes eight players (Turner, Bello, Miles Robinson, Sands, Zimmerman, Acosta, Lletget and Roldan) who represented the USMNT at the Gold Cup.

Now on to the snubs. Here’s a list of the big names left off the USMNT's World Cup qualifying roster.

Biggest USMNT Roster Snubs

  • Matthew Hoppe (Schalke)
  • Yunus Musah (Valencia)
  • Chris Richards (Bayern Munich)
  • Reggie Cannon (Boavista)
  • Daryl Dike (Orlando City)
  • Julian Green (Fürth)
  • Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp)
  • Gianluca Busio (Venezia)
  • Shaq Moore (Tenerife)

Seven of these nine players represented the U.S. at either the Concacaf Nations League or the Gold Cup. Green and Richards are the two exceptions. 

Gyasi Zardes is out for the next several weeks with a hamstring injury right now, but I imagine he would have gotten a roster spot after his exceptional performance in the Gold Cup.

Musah is also rehabbing an ankle injury but is nearly back to full strength.

Hoppe and Cannon are both looking for transfers before the summer window closes but have proven their worth on the USMNT.

One player that will truly be a question mark for the foreseeable future is Dike. The Oklahoma native tore up the English Championship with Barnsley on loan last season but failed to deliver during the Gold Cup. I don’t think Dike’s shot at representing the USMNT is over, but he will miss out on this latest window.

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