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USMNT announces roster for September friendlies

On Wednesday morning, USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter announced the roster for a pair of friendlies in late September.

The United States has two fixtures set later this month, both coming against World Cup sides. On Sep. 23, the USMNT battles Japan in Düsseldorf, Germany. Then, four days later, the United States travels to Murcia, Spain, to play against Saudi Arabia.

This pair of games has significance for different reasons, both in regards to the players and manager. For Gregg Berhalter, it is his chance to see what tactics or players work best against strong opposition. While Japan and Saudi Arabia are not World Cup favorites, they present an opportunity for play styles unfamiliar to what the Americans traditionally play against. The unpredictability of the World Cup requires tests to have success. This American side is unproven at the World Cup with so little experience after missing out on 2018.

The September USMNT roster has just one player with World Cup experience, Deandre Yedlin. He made three substitute appearances in the U.S.’s four games in Brazil.

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Gregg Berhalter calls 26 players for upcoming matches versus Japan and Saudi Arabia » https://t.co/dAbRUfceXA#USMNT x @BioSteelSports pic.twitter.com/OybYQvBKiu

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USMNT roster for September friendlies

For those players, some see these upcoming two games as a chance to get on the final squad list for the World Cup itself. Earlier in September, Berhalter said his World Cup squad is around 85% complete.

The big focus here is on the striker position. Gregg Berhalter called up four true strikers as there is no clear frontrunner for the position. Ricardo Pepi, Josh Sargent, Jesús Ferreira and Jordan Morris are the four names looking to get on the plane to Qatar. The upcoming friendlies are perhaps their last chance to make an impression.

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Author : Kyle Fansler

Publish date : 2022-09-14 15:23:01

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