USMNT: More changes ahead of final two pre-World Cup matches

Since the U.S. national team squad was announced for the camp in Cologne, Germany, ahead of friendly games against Japan and Saudi Arabia, three changes have been made.

First, Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah dropped out and was replaced by Brazilian-based Johnny Cardoso.

On Sunday, two more changes were announced.

Central defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and Chris Richards both withdrew due to what were described as minor injuries, and they were replaced by Mark McKenzie and Erik Palmer-Brown (photo).

McKenzie started both games when the USA won the 2021 Concacaf Nations League and matches at Panama and Honduras in the first two windows of World Cup qualifying. After being called in for the first four windows, he was dropped from the U.S. squad for the final window in March and was not called in for the June window during which the USA played four games.

The Delaware product has finally secured a steady role at Genk this season, starting the last six games for the Belgian club, currently second in the Jupiler Pro League. He is in his third season with Genk after starting his pro career with the Philadelphia Union.

Palmer-Brown's two appearances in 2022 came at right back in the 0-0 draw at Mexico in World Cup qualifying and at center back in the 0-0 tie against Uruguay in their June friendly.

The Lee's Summit, Missouri, native started out his pro career with Sporting KC and was sold to Manchester City in 2018, but he bounced around on loan at clubs in the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria before finding a home at Man City sister club Troyes in France.

After starting out with three straight losses, Troyes has gone 3-1-1 in its last five games and climbed into 10th place in Ligue 1. Palmer-Brown has started every game in Troyes' back three.

Besides Musah, Carter-Vickers and Richards, three other players expected to make the final U.S. World Cup roster are unavailable for the matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia: goalkeeper Zack Steffen (who returned to action for Middlesbrough on Saturday) and left back Antonee Robinson and winger Tim Weah (both recovering from ankle injuries).

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town/ENG; 8/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 10/0), Matt Turner (Arsenal/ENG; 18/0).
DEFENDERS (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 27/1), Sergino Dest (AC Milan/ITA; 17/2), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 27/3), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 8/0), Erik Palmer-Brown (Troyes/FRA; 4/0), Joe Scally (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER; 2/0), Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp/BEL; 8/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 74/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 31/3).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 52/2), Tyler Adams (Leeds United/ENG; 30/1), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; 3/0), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo/ESP; 11/0), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 35/9), Malik Tillman (Rangers/SCO; 2/0).
FORWARDS (8): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United/ENG; 22/6), Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; 47/10), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 13/7), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 48/11), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen/NED; 11/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 51/21), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 12/4), Josh Sargent (Norwich City/ENG; 19/3).

6 comments about "USMNT: More changes ahead of final two pre-World Cup matches".
  1. Santiago 1314, September 19, 2022 at 6:09 a.m.

    6 out of 26... Gonna be alot of teams Facing this issue... Even if a "Minor" Injured players gets to Qatar... Chances are they aren't going to Last the Whole Tournament.
    It's going to be a Lone Survivor Scenerio 

  2. Santiago 1314, September 19, 2022 at 6:16 a.m.

    No more Hiding Long and Zimmerman, with EPB and McKenZIE coming IN .. If Ggg is Committed to playing the High Line with 2CBs, these 2 plus Richards are there Top 3, then CCV, then Cannon, then Long, then Zimmerman... Let's see if Ggg gives them enough Field Time to Show the Difference... I think he will Hide them on the Bench, so they Don't Knock 2 More MLS Players OFF the final 26.!!!

  3. Santiago 1314, September 19, 2022 at 6:19 a.m.

    Same with Cardosa versus Acosta

  4. Kerry Solomon, September 19, 2022 at 11:23 a.m.

    Where the heck is Tim Ream???

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, September 19, 2022 at 12:11 p.m.

    Tim Ream can't play a Flat Back in a High Line that Ggg is Playing.... End of Statement... Neither can Zimmerman or Long.!?!?!?!

  6. Peter Bechtold, September 19, 2022 at 2:49 p.m.

    I've watched Terrence Boyd with Kaiserslautern: a real 9, and did he ever look good. Scored twice also.

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