USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter released the latest national-team roster that has, as always, caused controversy. Before we get into the roster, let’s see who Berhalter thinks has what it takes to qualify the USMNT for Qatar.
.Gregg Berhalter calls 28 players to Columbus for upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches » https://t.co/Vu7OxYf3kB#USMNT x @BioSteelSports pic.twitter.com/ooNqL5ATPv
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) January 21, 2022
Two weeks earlier I made a prediction as to which players would be selected. I made a 26-man roster prediction, so I give myself a little bit of an excuse for missing several players. First, here are the four players from my roster prediction that didn’t make Berhalter’s list.
My Failed Picks
Ream was my dark horse pick. It didn’t happen.
I guess consistent starts for a top Bundesliga club isn’t good enough??
I was split between Vines and and Reggie Cannon. I picked incorrectly.
It’s rumored that Busio is one of the players at Venezia who has caught Covid amid an outbreak at the club.
The Picks I Missed
How was I supposed to know Berhlater would bring four goalkeepers?
I guessed Vines. Oops.
This pick surprised me. In my opinion I find Scally as a more favorable pick. My only guess is Lennon highly impressed in the Arizona camp.
Luca de la Torre
This is pure speculation with no facts to back it from me. My guess is Busio was the first pick but was left out due to Covid and the man from Heracles was brought in to replace him.
His stat of 30 caps and zero goals speaks for itself. Roldan’s inclusion wasn’t on my or many fans’ radar.
I figured Berhalter would only bring two strikers — Ricardo Pepi and Gyasi Zardes — so this miss is on me for not thinking of three strikers. I’m sure Jordan Pefok is disappointed somewhere.
USMNT Fans Reaction To Roster
what the HELL has Brooks Lennon done better than JOE SCALLY?????????????????????????????????????— N (@AnexiNanas) January 21, 2022
No Scally, Busio, or Brooks makes 0 sense— garrett.b (@garrettB49) January 21, 2022
— stray north (@north_stray) January 21, 2022
No Brooks or Scally? pic.twitter.com/TNpLANJB8X— THE Official Nate J.D, NBA Attorney at Law (@Offici8lN8te) January 21, 2022
Great roster except for… guess who? ROLDAN LLEGET ZARDES AND ARRIOLA— EA ✭ (@EAisascam23) January 21, 2022
This isn't the Brooks we wanted Gregg! Lmao— Black_BabyBlue (@Black_BabyBluee) January 21, 2022
I am mad as hell at the USMNT roster drop. I know it hasn't been announced yet just ready to be outraged.— Maximiliano Bretos (@MaxBretosSports) January 21, 2022
The USMNT will play three games in the upcoming window.
USMNT Upcoming World Cup Qualifying Schedule
Thursday, Jan. 27: USMNT vs. El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 30: USMNT @ Canada at 3:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Feb. 2: USMNT vs. Honduras at 7:30 p.m. ET
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