The USMNT will face Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain in their final warm-up before the start of the 2022 World Cup in November, and their best starting XI raises a lot of questions.
Especially in the center back and front.
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After a shock loss to Japan (where the USMNT was flattered 2-0 to Japan), Gregg Berhalter has a lot to think about as he juggles his lineup ahead of the final audition.
Yes, six key players (Weah, Steffen, A. Robinson, Carter-Vickers, Richards and Musa) were missing from this final USMNT pre-World Cup camp, but the biggest worry is that no one took advantage of the opportunity presented to them against Japan. . Will anyone be able to go up against Saudi Arabia and secure their place in the roster or even in the starting roster?
Below is our estimated lineup, along with an analysis of what Berhalter should be doing during the last 90 minutes he has with the team before they start their World Cup campaign against Wales on November 21st in Qatar.
Projected USMNT starting lineup vs. Saudi Arabia (4-3-3)
—— Croatian ——
– Scully – Zimmerman – Palmer-Brown – Dest –
— Adams — McKenny —
— Reina —
— Aaronson — Baby — Pulisic —
What should Berhalter do?
It is clear that Gregg Berhalter will make many substitutions, as eight players (six outfield, two goalkeepers) did not play a minute against Japan last time. However, he needs the key players of this team to find the rhythm, playing together less than two months before the start of the World Cup. This starting line-up should combine giving players one last chance to impress and allowing star players to work alongside each other as they look to build momentum ahead of the World Cup.
Matt Turner proved himself the undisputed No. 1 when he scored against Japan (perhaps the only player to leave that game with any credit), and while Zach Steffen is better with the ball at his feet, Turner appears to have the advantage. This leaves Ethan Horvath and Sean Johnson fighting for the bottom spot on the list. Expect both of them to get a chance in this game.
On defense, Eric Palmer-Brown and Mark McKenzie should get enough minutes to finally claim a spot on the lineup, but it might be a surprise to see them together. Perhaps each of them will have 45 minutes together with Zimmerman (guaranteed starting XI in CB) to see which of the duos are doing better?
At fullback, Joe Scully should run from the right, while Sergino Dest is likely to show his versatility and play on the left flank. The likes of Dest and others need playing time given they are on the fringes of their starting XI for their club teams. Now we know what DeAndre Yedlin can do and he is the leader of this team who is going to Qatar no matter what.
In midfield, I would put Tyler Adams and Weston McKenny together again. They looked terrible against Japan, which was very surprising. This duo should forge some sort of partnership and 60 minutes together could see things fall into place for them. We know what Luca de la Torre and Kellyn Acosta have to offer, while Johnny Cardoso and Malik Tillman could get another, longer shot at the roster.
Gio Reina, who is central at number 10, should be a priority for Berhalter, while Christian Pulisic is in good shape and will start (according to Berhalter), so he should start on the left and Brenden Aaronsohn should start on the right. It is necessary to teach Aaronsson, Reina and Pulisic to play together and change places.
At the summit, Berhalter confirmed that Ricardo Pepi would get a chance to start and his physique and speed should play very well with the trio below him. Expect Josh Sargent to get a good chunk of minutes too, while Jesús Ferreira is another option at the top, but maybe we could see Pulisic or Reyna playing there as a false nine at some point in the game?
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup approaching, many World Cup kits are starting to be released and there are some intriguing looks.
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From Mexico’s flashy away kit to Germany looking to give their home kit a solid new look and Puma putting out a very specific and similar look for their national teams, just like they did for their club teams on their away kit. unpack here.
When November rolls around and the World Cup kicks off, which of these shirts will you be proud to wear? And which one will you wear because it looks really cool?
Below is our ranking of released World Cup kits.
2022 FIFA World Cup Kit Rating
This is a great away kit that will become a classic. Expect these beauties to fly off the shelves and become neutral-loving jerseys as much as El Tri fans. The home kit is also very decent.
From our roots to our present. ❤️⚽️
— Team Mexico (@miseleccionmxEN) August 29, 2022
Absolutely sensational work. The home kit is quite unique but still sticks to the bold colors of Portugal, while the away kit is also a classic.
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) September 15, 2022
Wow. It’s absolutely beautiful. The away jersey is great, while the home jersey is classic but with intriguing details on the sleeves. Well done.
– Football connects us (@LaczyNasPilka) September 15, 2022
Well, this is another classic. The Japanese home kit is inspired by anime and its design is bold and recognizable. The away kit is fantastic too, especially the long sleeve version.
— Adidas Japan (@adidasJP) August 29, 2022
The home and away kits are beautiful, and the colors go great together. Great job.
Show the world what France has to offer 🇫🇷 @nikefootball
— Team France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) September 15, 2022
Home set is classic. You can’t mix up the blue and white stripes. Again, another great away kit. Purple is perfect and it looks smooth and silky. Very similar to Lionel Messi’s footwork.
Introducing our new alternative jersey for the World Cup #Qatar 💜
From the hand of our captain Leo #Messi 😍
– Team Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) August 29, 2022
They are beautiful. Proper red on the home jersey, just enough not to overdo it. The away jersey is also bold, but…