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THE US MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
More than eight years in the making, it’s finally here: The United States men’s national team released its 2022 World Cup roster Wednesday night, with under two weeks until its first match in Qatar, against Wales.
There are plenty of names we knew years ago would be there — Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams — but just as big of a talking point is who didn’t make the squad. Ricardo Pepi, whose three qualifying goals ranked second on the team.are goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who started six qualifying matches, and striker
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Here’s our soccer expert Roger Gonzalez on:
- Gonzalez: “Pepi was the biggest name at striker, the guy viewed as the problem solver for all of the woes at the position. He’s tall, he’s quick, he gets into dangerous spots. If you’re building a team that can pose a threat in 2026, wouldn’t you want him being involved in the 2022 setup to gain some experience? … [Steffen has] long been the No. 1 goalkeeper and goes way back to his Columbus Crew days with Berhalter. He’s been the guy for a few years now and has a ton of ability. How the hell does he get left off the roster?”
Given the massive questions at striker and goalkeeper, Berhalter is certainly taking risks, but at the roster reveal party,. It’s important that we do, too. After all, if this team performs up to its capabilities, we’ll soon forget about the omissions.
With that, our soccer expert Chuck Booth has takeaways…