After taking simply two functions from the first two games of 2022 World Cup qualifying, the USMNT finds itself in a tough converse: a digital must-have showdown in Honduras on Wednesday, with injuries and seemingly COVID-19 take a look at outcomes piling up rapidly.
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Gio Reyna (hamstring), Sergiño Dest (ankle) and Zack Steffen (COVID-19) have all joined Timothy Weah (knock, didn’t document to camp) on the sidelines since World Cup qualifier no. 1 in El Salvador on Thursday. That’s the USMNT’s starting no. 10, starting upright attend or left attend and starting goalkeeper, for somebody conserving rating at home.
Tyler Adams is the USMNT’s perfect player
Already, Gregg Berhalter is faced with just a few wretched questions which require his pressing consideration. The least of which being: Invent the guts-broken finally ends up in games no. 1 and just a few alter his (presumed) plans to rotate the crew with three games in seven days? Extra bluntly, is he going to delivery out Tyler Adams and play him 90 minutes once more?
It’s been refreshing, even thru the disappointing draws, to witness Adams patrol the midfield yet once more for the USMNT. Work price and endless engine apart, Adams’ lightning-like a flash learning of the game and each converse a ways and away the USMNT’s valuable and influential player. Within the event that they’d received one and drawn one to this level, Adams would sit down against Honduras, and that might maybe possibly maybe possibly be that.
But, they didn’t, so he presumably received’t. Simply put, he can’t be replaced in a fight love Honduras away.
How will Berhalter have the USMNT starting lineup?
If Steffen hadn’t gotten smaller the virus, he and Matt Turner would have seemingly chop up the games two-one (or one-two). Turner has infrequently been tested to this level in World Cup qualifying, so he’s finished nothing memorable nor the leisure to lose the job. If Turner needs to existing he’s the no. 1, right here’s a dream exchange.
With Dest injured and Reggie Cannon no longer in camp, DeAndre Yedlin draws one more delivery at upright attend by default. John Brooks might maybe possibly maybe lend a hand his region after resting the first game, however he’ll win a unique accomplice after Miles Robinson went the total-90 against El Salvador and Canada. Walker Zimmerman, given his ride in comparison with Designate McKenzie or James Sands, makes presumably the most sense. Dest’s damage, plus the inexperience of George Bello, design Antonee Robinson will delivery at left attend once more.
Kellyn Acosta to (lastly) strike the upright balance of ball-winning and ball-progressing in midfield. Christian Pulisic and Konrad de la Fuente will be requested to attain so powerful better than attack on the wings. The the same goes for Josh Sargent, who became once replaced by Jordan Pefok against Canada.
Yedlin — Zimmerman — Brooks — A. Robinson
Adams — McKennie
Konrad — Acosta — Pulisic
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How will USMNT line up for must-have WCQ in Honduras? initially appeared on NBCSports.com