Gregg Berhalter announced on Wednesday the list of 26 players who will play in the FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar starting on November 20.
The United States opens against Wales on November 21, then faces England on November 25, and closes its group stage against Iran on November 29.
A good squad for a big tournament
The United States was absent at Russia 2018, and now arrives in Qatar with the obligation to clean up its image. Fortunately, Team USA has a golden generation that will seek to transcend in the big soccer event.
Of the 26 players called up by Gregg Berhalter, 18 are currently playing in European leagues, and that speaks volumes about what this squad possesses.
It is impossible not to be hopeful about this team, which has Christian Pulisic as the spearhead, joined by very good players such as Tyler Adams (Leeds United), Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Tim Ream (Fulham), Sergiño Dest (Milan), and Antonee Robinson (Fulham).
Zack Steffen is not on the list: Goalkeeper debate opens
The absence of Zack Steffen has certainly caused a stir, as the Manchester City goalkeeper, on loan at Middlesbrough in the Championship (English second-tier league), is a player who could contribute a lot in the U.S. goal.
Steffen has made 16 appearances in the current Championship with Middlesbrough, conceding just 17 goals and managing four clean sheets.
This situation opens the debate over who will be the starting goalkeeper for the United States in Qatar. The keepers called up by Gregg Berhalter were Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Matt Turner (Arsenal) and Sean Johnson (NYCFC).
Ethan Horvath has been doing well in the English Championship, with 19 games played, 18 goals conceded, and eight clean sheets, while Matt Turner has yet to play regularly for Arsenal in the Premier League.
Sean Johnson, who plays in the MLS, was one of the most outstanding goalkeepers of the season, with 40 games played, 44 goals conceded, and 15 clean sheets.
Pepi, Tillman and Pefok are also not going to Qatar
Ricardo Pepi's absence has surprised everyone; in fact, it was expected that the young striker from Dutch Groningen would be an important piece for Gregg Berhalter, as a bet for the team's present and, especially, future.
The 19-year-old striker has five goals and two assists in the current Dutch Eredivisie, averaging a goal or assist every 91 minutes, a fairly positive average considering he is still a youth player.
Bayern Munich's Malik Tillman was also left out of the squad. The attacking midfielder is currently on loan at Glasgow Rangers, where he has made 12 of a possible 14 appearances in the Scottish League, as well as five UEFA Champions League games.
Striker Jordan Pefok will not be making his World Cup debut in Qatar either. The German sensation Union Berlin's speedy attacker has three goals and three assists in 13 Bundesliga games, with his team currently sitting second behind giants Bayern Munich.
TEAM USA SQUAD FOR QATAR 2022
The following 26 players were named to the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup:
Ethan Horvath, Matt Turner, Sean Johnson.
Cameron Carter Vickers, Shaq Moore, Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, DeAndre Yedlin, Sergiño Dest, Joe Scally, Antonee Robinson y Tim Ream.
Tyler Adams, Kellyn Acosta, Weston McKennie, Luca De la Torre, Brenden Aaronson, Yunus Musah y Cristian Roldán.
Jesús Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah y Haji Wright.