USMNT announces World Cup roster with a few surprises, and two stunners

Nov 10, 2022

The U.S. men's national team will head to the 2022 World Cup with a defender who hasn't played for it in over a year, with a striker who's never scored an international goal from open play, and without its No. 1 goalkeeper for most of this World Cup cycle.

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter announced his 26-man roster on Wednesday. It includes Haji Wright, a red-hot forward, but not Jordan Pefok nor Ricardo Pepi. It also includes Fulham captain Tim Ream, a 35-year-old center back who hasn't played for the national team since last September.

The biggest stunner, though, was the absence of Zack Steffen, who has started more than any other goalkeeper since Berhalter took charge in 2018. But he'd slipped down the depth chart as Matt Turner assumed the No. 1 spot. "To tell [Steffen] he's not gonna be a part of the World Cup team was heartbreaking for me," Berhalter said.

Source: Yahoo Sports