Saturday, October 16

USMNT roster: final team for 2021 Concacaf Nations League stirs debate forward

The head coach of the United States men’s team, Gregg Berhalter, named his final 23-man roster (see below) for the Concacaf Nations League semi-finals and finals in June. The selections were largely predictable, but there was one decision that sparked some discussion among fans.

The absence of Daryl Dike’s promising feeling raised a few eyebrows. Their nine goals during their loan stint at Barnsley helped them qualify for a Premier League promotion playoff. Although he did not score in his last five games for the second division club, many thought it would still be a block to be included on the US roster.But Berhalter said he ultimately opted for two center forwards he considers to be in better shape: Josh Sargent has been a regular starter for Werder Bremen in Germany and Jordan Siebatcheu scored 12 goals for the young title-winning Swiss.

“It was difficult. It really was,” Berhalter told the media on a conference call. “It’s too bad you have to name 23 guys … When it came to those two games in particular [Nations League], we base it on the current form.

“But Daryl has a long future with us. And this is just a temporary setback for this tournament.”

USMNT roster: Concacaf Nations League

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), Zack Steffen (Manchester City)

DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Reggie Cannon (Boavista), Sergino Dest (Barcelona), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht), Tim Ream (Fulham), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray)

MEDIA (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)

FORWARD (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys), Tim Weah (Lille)

What’s next for Dike?

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Berhalter confirmed that Dike, 20, will remain in the United States camp and will play in the international friendly against Costa Rica on June 9, which follows the two Nations League games on June 3 and 6. Appearance for the United States senior team after debuting in January.

However, if a player on the US 23-man roster is injured, Dike could be an option to replace him up to 24 hours before the first Nations League game on June 3.

Following international action with the US, Dike is expected to rejoin his MLS club, Orlando City, where he burst onto the scene with 8 goals in 17 games as a rookie in 2020.

In the immediate aftermath of his loan performance at Barnsley, Dike is expected to be able to collect a hefty summer transfer fee from a foreign club (the MLS Commissioner recently pegged the number at $ 20 million) and a possible USMNT call for the Concacaf Gold Cup in July could help your cause.

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