Tim Weah and Sergino Dest start first games since early December

Tim Weah and Sergino Dest started their first games since early December ahead of their arrival in the U.S. national team camp for the three World Cup 2022 qualifiers, beginning Thursday against El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio.

Weah started for Lille in Saturday's 2-0 loss at Brest that ended its unbeaten streak in all competitions that extended back to late October. His grade of "5" was the best given by L'Equipe to Lille's front 6 in what was a disappointing performance by Les Dogues.

On the Wednesday night before, Weah entered in the 68th minute of Lille’s 3-1 win over Lorient, his first appearance since suffering a quad injury that sidelined him since Dec. 1.

Dest had not played for Barcelona under new coach Xavi since a UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich in which he struggled against Canadian Alphonso Davies. Dest started at right back in place of Dani Alves in Barca's 1-0 win at Alaves.

Of the 15 European-based players included in the 28-player squad, 12 played this weekend. Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen dressed but did not play in England while Brenden Aaronson's Red Bull Salzburg continued its preparations for the restart of Austria's Bundesliga with its third test match. Aaronson played the last 58 minutes of the 120-minute scrimmage.

The good news is that all 15 players will have passed their most recent Covid-19 test in order to play. They will need another negative test result within one day of their flight’s departure to the United States and another one to begin training.

Canada, which leads the USA by one point in the Octagonal, will be without Davies for its three games, including the match against the USA on Sunday in Hamilton, Ohio. He is sidelined with a Covid-related heart issue. Portugal's O Bola reported that Canadian midfielder Stephen Eustaquio, who plays for Pacos Ferreira, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday and will miss the winter window.

USMNT Call-ups
Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR), 90 minutes (1-1 at Pacos Ferreira)
Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED), 90 minutes (1-1 vs. Go Ahead Eagles)
Sergino Dest (Barcelona/ESP), 90 minutes (1-0 at Alaves)
Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA), 90 minutes (0-0 at AC Milan)
Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER), 90 minutes (2-3 vs. Bor, Dortmund)
Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG D2), 90 minutes (2-3 vs. Stoke City)
Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP), 86 minutes, 1 goal (2-3 at Atl. Madrid)
Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL), 66 minutes (1-2 at Union St. Gilloise)
Tim Weah (Lille/FRA), 66 minutes (0-2 at Brest)
Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg/GER), 56 minutes (1-5 at Bayer Leverkusen)
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER), sub-36 minutes (2-0 vs, Wolfsburg)
DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR), sub-3 minutes (1-2 at Trabzonspor)
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG), on bench (2-0 vs. Tottenham)
Zack Steffen (Man. City/ENG), on bench (1-1 vs. Southampton)
Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT), winter break<

7 comments about "Tim Weah and Sergino Dest start first games since early December".
  1. Santiago 1314, January 24, 2022 at 6:24 a.m.

    Things looking Good for the Health of the Starting Xl;

    CP.      Pepi.     Weah
                    Musah
            McKenNIE
                Adams
    aRob.                Dest
         Richards mRob
               *Steffen*
    I would have Preferred;

    CP.    Sargent.   Aaronson
                     Musah
           McKenNIE
                  Adams
    aRob.                       Dest
             Brooks Richards
                *Steffen*
    CP/Pepi/Weah will be a Disjointed/ Half-hearted "GegenPress". None of these 3 is that interested in Pressing and they certainly don't do it in Co-Ordinated Manner...
    But, Sargent ain't here; and Aaronson hasn't played a Real Game since Dec.11... Hopefully it will be enough vs El Salvador and Honduras... I think we will get a MLS Turf Team for Canada...
    Ggg will not want the "Starters" playing on Ice Skating Rink.

  2. Andrew Megas, January 24, 2022 at 11:21 a.m.

    I hope the best for these lineups with Pepi up front for now. However, he's counting on Zardes to bail them out as a sub. That might work vs. Concacaf, but not in Qater. Eventually Pefok and Sargeant will supplant the MLS strikers. 

  3. Kevin Leahy, January 24, 2022 at 12:22 p.m.

    Don't think G.B. likes Sargent

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, January 24, 2022 at 2:18 p.m.

    Brooks
    Scally
    Green

    KDLF
    LDLT(Forced to bring him IN, cause Busio is OmiWuFlu)
    Tessman
    Hoppe

    Pefok
    Sargent
    CCV
    EPB
    Horvath
    Giocochino
    Richardson (2nd Div France)
    Moore
    ....The List is getting Pretty Long... 
    Which one of these would Replace MLSer.???(99%)
    If the Coach is this Blind or is having this many "Personality" Clashes... Time for a New Coach.!?!?!?

  5. John Sabala replied, January 24, 2022 at 4:59 p.m.

    GB is stuck and will remain stuck with the MLS guys even into Qatar.  He will then use the excuse that there was not enough time to build cohesion. Yeah you idiot, you blew that chance bringing in the wrong players.

    Julian Green has pretty much been written off. How?!?! He is in his prime age now, has WC experience and actually freakin scored.  WTF!!!  He is a midfielder that would compliment Musas and McKennie on offense and provides much more than Roldan or Llegett.  Scally just needs to be in the group as he performs day in and day out well. We are so think at LB this should be a no brainer.  I concur that most on the list are as good at a minimum with the MLS guys, but most are superior and will continue to separate playing in Europe with better coaching and competition.  US is not going to replace GB.....only if we don't qualify.....and the players will not allow that to happen.  Too many young hungry guys instead of the spoiled MLS priveleged players form 2018.

  6. schultz rockne, January 24, 2022 at 4:21 p.m.

    Ha--Canada v. USA in "Hamilton, Ohio"...the match is in Fairfield, Ohio, darn it--they're playing at the old Mid-American Soccer Classic practice fields!

  7. Santiago 1314 replied, January 24, 2022 at 5:33 p.m.

    Hey ya kNUTe Rockne... Do they have Heater under the Grass in Hamilton, Ohio... Cause I don't think such as thing exists in Hamilton,  Ontario, Canada.... Heard it's liked a High School Field...
    Bleachers on the side ... Liked the old Busch Soccer Park we used to "Home" Field in St.Louis.!!!... DeRo was talking to Que Golazo about it the other day... Makes No Sense to him either, why Canada would put the game there.!?!?!?

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