USA Vs Wales – Has Sergino Dest given Gregg Berhalter a late Football World Cup injury scare

Questions about Sergino Desta’s Football World Cup opportunity intensified on Tuesday night when the defender missed his third straight game for Milan. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter has selected the 21-year-old at right back and is expected to be named to his FIFA World Cup squad today.

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But Dest was out again for his team, Italian giants AC Milan, on Tuesday against Cremonese (0-0) in Serie A. Last week, Dest, second in the Italian league standings, was described by Milan as fighting adductor muscle fatigue.

The US kicks off its Football World Cup campaign against Wales on 21 November. Meanwhile, Milan have one game left in Italy before the start of the Qatar Fooball World Cup – against Fiorentina on Sunday. This could give Dest, who is on loan at the Barcelona club, one last chance to get a few minutes before the start of the tournament.

He has already played eight times for the Italians this season, and also played in the last two USMNT games – a 2-0 loss to Japan and a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia. His last game was on 30 October against Torino. After playing Wales, the US faces England on 25 November. Matches with Iran complete their group on November 29th.

A version of Berhalter’s 26-man team leaked online Tuesday night, before his big announcement, and Dest was in it. Berhalter is suffering from several injured players as the US campaign against Wales is less than two weeks away.

Last week, the manager said he would evaluate retired stars “on a case-by-case basis” but welcomed some positive news. With some of the guys we’re working with now, Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman, we can work with them for about two weeks, which would be a good period,” Berhalter said.

“Guys who were injured in the last camp, like Cameron Carter-Vickers, are now back on the field. This is useful. Mark McKenzie plays every week in Belgium. Eric Palmer-Brown plays every week in France. And Tim Rome plays every week in the Premier League. This is a good thing. So I’m quite happy that with this group we can get four centre-backs to help us win matches.”

‘Captain American’ Pulisic compared to Beckham & Rooney as England boss Southgate discusses pressure on USMNT star

England boss Gareth Southgate says Christian Pulisic’s ‘Captain America’ tag makes USMNT star ‘box office winners’ like David Beckham and Wayne Rooney. The Chelsea striker has had to deal with having to work under scrutiny since he burst onto the adult scene at club level with Borussia Dortmund and became his country’s captain at a young age. Pulisic is still only 24 years old, but he carries the expectations of a nation on his shoulders and must cope with a level of pressure and glory that few in the world game are subjected to.

Southgate, who is set to face the United States at the Qatar Football World Cup, told ESPN of Pulisic’s big score: I’m lucky to have lived this life in England with Paul Gascoigne at the start, with David Beckham and possibly Wayne Rooney. , in terms of… we had other really standout players that you could argue had a bigger impact on the team than some of these guys, but their world was different. It was a big box office, big story, big front and back news, and so the coach has to deal with different dynamics as well as the players themselves.

“In the end, of course, everything depends on a good game on the football field. But these major players live a different life, they have different expectations around them. I think as a manager you should always understand that their world is different from everyone else’s. But also, can you help them deal with it? This is pressure. You can’t hide from this. You are on another level. It comes with big awards, flattery and big marketing and sponsorship deals, but at the end of the day, if you don’t make it on the field, it’s going to be harder for these guys.”

Southgate added on the threat that Pulisic, who has been short of starts for Chelsea this season, will represent for his England team in Qatar: Chelsea, I think adapting from the Bundesliga to the Premier League is not easy to start with.

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England are due to face the United States in their second Group B match on 25 November. The Three Lions will kick off their Football  World Cup campaign against Iran four days earlier, with Gregg Berhalter’s team playing against Wales.

USMNT Football World Cup buzz, Zack Steffen not in 26-man squad, Ethan Horvath, Sean Johnson, Matt Turner make cut

Gregg Berhalter did not include his former No. 1 goalkeeper in this FIFA World Cup qualifying round. The U.S. men’s national team squad for the Qatar Football World Cup, due to be announced today, is not expected to include the name of goaltender Zach Steffen, sources told CBS Sports. Although the announcement is due to be made Wednesday night at an event in New York, CBS Sports understands that Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Matt Turner (Arsenal) and Shawn Johnson (NYCFC) should be on the list with Steffen, which is shocking. , Excluded.

Steffen was a longtime goaltender for USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter. Limited to minutes at Manchester City, he moved on loan to Middlesbrough to get back in the thick of things ahead of the Qatar Football World Cup and even netted on Monday night in a win over Blackpool. However, it looks like his performances weren’t enough for him to make the final lineup.

The 27-year-old veteran has made 15 appearances for Boro this season, but only three in 2022. In 2021, he started seven games for the United States after suffering an injury in the Nations League final against Mexico. Horvath came in to save Mexico’s late penalty as the US won the competition.

Steffen’s omission opens Turner up for the starting goalkeeper spot when the Americans take the field to play Wales on Monday, November 21, less than two weeks away. The last goalkeeper to start for the United States in a World Cup match was Tim Howard, who made a record 16 saves in 120 minutes in a round of 16 loss to Belgium in 2014. The US will then play the Black Friday game. against England before closing the group stage against Iran. The top two teams from a group of four teams will advance to the playoffs.

As for the other players, sources tell CBS Sports that Berhalter was still picking a roster earlier this week. We’ve seen several players already pull out due to injury with Sam Vines (broken tibia) and Chris Richards taking to Instagram to show support for the band flying to Qatar after a leg injury.

We know big names like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKenney, Tyler Adams and Gio Reyna will be there, while Josh Sargent seems to be heading in the right direction to make the team as a striker thanks to his good form in  Norwich City. Christian Roldan is another name expected to make the roster, with Seattle Sounders teammate Jordan Morris set to join the fray.

A couple more names to keep an eye on the team are cornerbacks Joe Scully and Shaq Moore. Due to the tournament taking place in the middle of the club season, teams will now be made up of 26 players instead of 23. Each team privately submitted a provisional roster of 35-55 players in October and they will remain in effect until November 14th. at 13:00 ET to show the full line-up of 26.

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