A Little Bit About Each of the USMNT World Cup Roster
On Nov. 21, the USMNT’s 3,065-day World Cup wait finally comes to an end. Coach Berhalter spent years preparing for this moment, and he's decided on the 26-man roster that'll represent the Red, White and Blue. With an average age of just 25 years and 175 days, this is the second-youngest team the United States has ever sent to a tournament, giving fans much to be excited about.
Let's meet the 26 faces who will represent the United States at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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Ethan Horvath (Luton Town/ENG; 8/0; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
With just eight national team appearances to his name, Ethan Horvath is the least experienced keeper on the plane to Qatar, but his exceptional performances for Luton Town this season have helped him book his spot. Many fans will remember his heroics during the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final against Mexico when the Colorado native stepped in for the final 20 minutes of regulation and overtime. His penalty kick-save in the final minutes ensured the United States won 3-2 and earned him man-of-the-match honors.
Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 10/0; Lilburn, Ga.)
The first of nine MLS players on Berhalter’s roster, Johnson has proven himself to be a consistent force between the posts for NYCFC. An MLS Cup champion in 2021, Johnson continued his good form into 2022, accruing 14 clean sheets, good enough for second in the league.
Matt Turner (Arsenal/ENG; 20/0; Park Ridge, N.J.)
After two breakout years with the New England Revolution in 2020 and 2021, Turner made the move to England, joining Arsenal FC. He has been the second-choice keeper behind Aaron Ramsdale but has impressed in his limited appearances, conceding just once in the Europa League and keeping three clean sheets in four appearances. Despite making his national team debut in 2021, Turner has already amassed 20 caps and his great performances have all but guaranteed a starting spot against Wales.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic/SCO; 11/0; Southend-on-Sea, England)
CCV, as he has become to be known, made United States soccer history this season by becoming the first American to captain a side in the UEFA Champions League. While not a national team regular, CCV has a decent chance of getting solid minutes in Qatar.
Sergiño Dest (AC Milan/ITA; 19/2; Almere, Netherlands)
Despite his loan away from FC Barcelona this summer, Sergiño Dest remains one of the most talented players in the USMNT camp. The Holland-born wing-back is a dream going forward and adds further danger in attack from anywhere on the pitch. His passing and shooting are spectacular and his dribbling is somehow even better, making him a clear favorite for the outside-back position.
Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 29/3; Oak Hills, Calif.)
30-year-old Aaron Long may well be half of Berhalter’s primary center-back partnership, having played in both warm-up games in September. After attending UC Riverside, Long bounced around American clubs before landing at the New York Red Bulls, where he has made 139 appearances since 2017. Long has a knack for scoring goals, with four in 2022 alone. If the US has a late corner and needs a miracle, don’t be surprised if Long comes up with the goods.
Shaq Moore (Nashville SC; 15/1; Powder Springs, Ga.)
Since joining Nashville SC this past summer, Shaq Moore has been a consistent presence at the back. His 2.94 tackles per 90 is among the best in the league for fullbacks and will be valuable for defensive depth.
Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 46/1; St. Louis, Mo.)
The stars seem to have aligned for Ream this year. After earning promotion with Fulham last season, the St. Louis native has captained his side for the majority of their Premier League matches thus far. According to Berhalter, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola even told Ream, “If you were 24 instead of 34, you’d be playing for me.” (Ream is actually 35, by the way -- a fact he reminded Pep of.)
Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 29/2; Liverpool, England)
Ream’s teammate at Fulham, “Jedi” has become a staple in defense for the USMNT. The Milton Keynes-born left-back has thoroughly impressed this season making 12 appearances for Fulham. He’s fun, he’s fast, he’s reliable, what more could you want?
Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 3/0; Lake Grove, N.Y.)
At just 19 years old, Joe Scally is absolutely one for the future. He is tearing it up in the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach and has started every single game this season. The former NYCFC player has just three caps to his name going into this year’s tournament, but that number will no doubt rise as he gets older. Watch this guy for 2026.
DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF; 75/0; Seattle, Wash.)
The lone World Cup veteran in the side, DeAndre Yedlin has years of experience playing in the Premier League with Tottenham, Sunderland, and Newcastle United. He currently plays for Inter Miami and helped his side to the MLS Cup Playoffs. A quick outside back, Yedlin will be a great resource if injuries arise in the camp.
Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 33/3; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Another centerback with an eye for goal, Zimmerman is no stranger to finding the back of the net. More importantly, however, the Georgia native is a rock at the back. Great in the air on both sides of the ball, Zimmerman will most likely get a lot of playing time in the coming days, and deservedly so.
Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United/ENG; 24/6; Medford, N.J.)
Among the brightest of shining stars in this US squad, Aaronson has risen to the occasion since joining Leeds this summer from Red Bull Salzburg. He’s a workhorse who will press to win balls back in dangerous areas and has the quality to make defenders look like schoolchildren. The “Medford Messi” is no stranger to the spotlight and has every chance of emerging from this year’s tournament as one of the world’s most coveted young prospects.
Kellyn Acosta (LAFC; 53/2; Plano, Texas)
Fresh off an MLS Cup victory with LAFC, Acosta has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the league and aims to turn that into substantial playing time at the World Cup. As another workhorse who will allow other more creative players to breathe -- and one of our better setpiece-takers -- Acosta will be an extremely useful addition to Berhalter’s roster.
Tyler Adams (Leeds United/ENG; 32/1; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.)
The other half of Leeds’ American duo, Captain Adams does everything well. He’s a smart, physical player with an eye for where to be and when. He covers gaps defensively before they’re even there and while not the most flashy player on the pitch, he’s up there with the most important.
Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo/ESP; 12/0; San Diego, Calif.)
De la Torre’s inclusion is a good sign following his recent injury news. The Celta Vigo midfielder is an exciting player and still relatively young at 24 years old. Capable of playing various roles in midfield, the San Diego native will likely feature in a limited capacity, at least for the early games.
Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 37/9; Little Elm, Texas)
One of the most infectious personalities on the roster, McKennie is another crucial player if the USMNT wants any chance of success in Qatar. He’s a defensive midfielder who doubles as a target for set pieces. Juventus fans have embraced their ranch-loving centrocampista, and it's not hard to see why. 13 goals in all competitions since he joined the Italian giants is impressive, to say the least.
Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 19/0; London, England)
One of the most technically gifted players in the camp, Musah is simply a joy to watch. A former member of the Arsenal youth academy, the teenager currently plays for Valencia and has impressed this season, playing various midfield roles to great success. The man born in New York City will celebrate his 20th birthday on the day the United States plays its final group stage match against Iran. Anyone fancy a birthday goal?
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 32/0; Pico Rivera, Calif.)
A constant and consistent midfield metronome, Roldan is as reliable and likable as they come. The heart of Seattle’s midfield since 2015, Roldan can play anywhere in the midfield with quality, ensuring he will be an important player in Qatar. While game time may be hard to come by for the 27-year-old, his presence in the locker room is considered invaluable.
Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 15/7; McKinney, Texas)
With 18 goals in an MLS season at just 21 years old, Ferreira is following the example of many former FC Dallas players to have made it big at such a young age. The difference here is, there’s a pretty good chance the Texas native will be starting up top when we face off against Wales. Quick with an instinct for being in the right spot at the right time, Ferreira has the talent to earn himself serious attention from bigger clubs after the tournament.
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 49/11; Mercer Island, Wash.)
One of the most experienced players in the camp, Seattle’s native son earned his way onto the plane with versatility. Comfortable playing through the middle, on either wing or even in midfield if needed, Morris was a no-brainer going into a tournament rife with injuries. He’s been a favorite of Berhalter’s, who enjoys having the 27-year-old come off the bench in the second half to change the game.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 52/21; Hershey, Pa.)
What is there to say about Christian Pulisic that hasn’t already been said? “Captain America” is the USMNT’s top scorer and has earned the third most caps. During his three-and-a-half seasons with Chelsea, Pulisic has scored 26 goals and has 21 goals in his 52 national team appearances.
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 14/4; Bedford, N.Y.)
Son of USMNT legend Claudio Reyna, Gio has earned a reputation of his own. Following in the footsteps of Christian Pulisic, he signed with Borussia Dortmund in 2019 and has been playing brilliantly ever since. Despite his injuries, Gio has managed to show the world that he deserves, without a doubt, to be on the plane to Qatar. Hopefully, the 2022 tournament is the first of many for the Sunderland-born superstar.
Josh Sargent (Norwich City/ENG; 20/5; O’Fallon, Mo.)
After a difficult 2021-2022 season in the Premier League with Norwich, Sargent has found his form again in the Championship. His eight goals and two assists in 18 games made his inclusion in the squad fairly expected. Good on the wing or through the middle, Sargent will be expected to finish the chances that those around him can conjure up.
Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 25/3; Rosedale, N.Y.)
Another forward with a famous father, Tim Weah, son of Balon D’or winner (and now President of Liberia) George Weah, has played limited minutes this season due to injury -- but in the time he has played, he’s been fantastic.
Haji Wright (Antalyaspor/TUR; 3/1; Los Angeles, Calif.)
A surprise to many, but Haji is in the form of his life at the moment. Four goals in his last four games and nine on the season is thoroughly impressive, and put the Southern California native second among goal scorers in the Turkish first division. His role will no doubt be small, but he could just be crucial toward bagging a late goal if needed.
- Article written by Joseph Reina
- Article written by Joseph Reina
November 13, 2022