3 thoughts on the roster for September


The U.S. Men’s National Group roster for September friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay is out, and the shift towards a younger pool of players is in complete swing.

Newcomers Sergino Dest, Miles Robinson and Paxton Pomykal join Josh Sargent as a quartet that will certainly have USMNT fans excited about how they deal with their chance to impress Gregg Berhalter.

The absence of extended-time veterans like Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley opens the door for some players to make the case that they are prepared to take more than for some of the pool’s older possibilities on a a lot more permanent basis.

Right here are some thoughts on the USMNT roster:

Pulisic must function as a winger a lot more in September

As substantially as Berhalter attempted to downplay the significance of positions with regard to Pulisic’s deployment, it cannot be an accident that he was listed as a forward for the September friendlies just after previously getting listed as a midfielder.

Pulisic is playing exclusively as a wide player for Chelsea these days, and his qualities in that part are clear to see. Could it have convinced Berhalter to give him a extended appear there whilst he tests out some other possibilities in the quantity 10 part alongside Weston McKennie? Sebastian Lletget and Cristian Roldan must advantage from that chance.

Berhalter does have a point when it comes to the reality that just since Pulisic begins out in a wide part that he cannot wind up spending time attacking centrally, but moving Pulisic into a wide part would permit Berhalter to start off somebody subsequent to Weston McKennie in central midfield with a bit a lot more defensive capability, and would also lighten Pulisic’s defensive responsibilities. That does not imply Pulisic will not defend when he’s in a wide part, but the battles that take location in the middle of the field are substantially a lot more physically demanding, and pushing Pulisic into a a lot more standard wide part can make it tougher for opponents to hold numbers about him to attempt and neutralize him.

The Bradley-Altidore absences are a excellent factor

Gregg Berhalter pointed to the MLS schedule, and Toronto FC’s busy schedule in the course of the break, as the cause he didn’t contact in Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Omar Gonzalez.

Schedule or not, now is the fantastic time to appear at some new faces at the striker and defensive midfield positions. Altidore and Bradley have absolutely nothing to prove in friendlies, and whilst some would argue each must be left out permanently due to their age, it is hard to make the case for needing to see them prior to Nations League.

Altidore’s absence opens the door for Josh Sargent to compete with Gyasi Zardes and show he is prepared to move ahead of the Columbus Crew forward in the depth chart. His lack if playing time at Werder Bremen is not assisting his case in the quick term, but he looked sharp in preseason with the Bundesliga club, and you can also argue that Zardes hasn’t specifically been in prime kind in current months either (his double against FC Cincinnati on Sunday notwithstanding).

Bradley’s absence has created area for Alfredo Morales to make his properly-earned return to the USMNT fold. That a player who has played frequently in the German Bundesliga for years wasn’t getting standard contact-ups was usually a bit of a head-scratcher, but now he’ll have a opportunity to show he’s excellent sufficient to hold earning contact-ups in the future.

Berhalter’s mention of Omar Gonzalez absolutely raised some eyebrows since the 30-year-old is observed as getting on the downward side of his profession, and also since some thrilling young prospects are increasing up the ranks. Gonzalez has accomplished properly with TFC due to the fact returning to MLS, but with players like Robinson, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Miazga and Aaron Lengthy in the mix for playing time in central defense, Gonzalez shouldn’t genuinely be in the USMNT image going forward.

Can Dest be the answer at left back?

Berhalter’s choice to bring in Reggie Cannon, Nick Lima AND Sergino Dest suggests he’s prepared to give a severe appear to Dest and/or Lima at left back. Each are seeing begins at each left back and proper back, and with the pickings getting slim at left back at the moment in the USMNT player pool, Dest could jump into a prominent part with a sturdy camp.

Tim Ream is presently the prime left back solution, with Daniel Lovitz as the second selection. Ream is 31 years old and has shown himself to be a defensive liability at instances, whilst Lovitz has provided incredibly tiny on the attacking side in his USMNT appearances. If Dest can show that he has that elusive mixture of sturdy defending and dynamic attacking high quality, Berhalter could be convinced to bring him back when Nations League kicks off in October.


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