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USMNT is in Qatar as 26 players named to Gregg Berhalter’s 2022 World Cup squad have been confirmed.

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After missing the 2018 tournament in Russia and spending eight years in the international football wilderness, the Yankees are just 12 days away from their first game against Wales.

Players like Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Weston McKenny, Gio Reina and Brenden Aaronsohn top the 26-man list to be the youngest team (on average) at the 2022 World Cup.

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Of course, many questions remain unanswered…

Who will start in the center of defense? Who will start ahead? Will all their stars be in full form to face Wales, England and Iran in Group B?

Given the recent results and performances, there is a lot of pressure on Berhalter and the USMNT needs to get started quickly.

World Cup 2022: schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage start time: 5:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo, Universe, peacock
  • Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)

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USMNT roster for 2022 World Cup approved

GoalkeepersCast: Ethan Horvath, Sean Johnson, Matt Turner

DefendersCast: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Serginho Dest, Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Tim Rome, Anthony Robinson, Joe Scully, DeAndre Yedlin, Walker Zimmerman

MidfieldersCast: Brenden Aaronson, Kellin Acosta, Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre, Weston McKenny, Yunus Musa, Christian Roldan

forwardsCast: Jesus Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah, Hadji Wright

Who was not chosen, and what were the big dilemmas?

GoalkeepersStory by: Zach Steffen

DefendersCast: Chris Richards (injury), John Brooks, Reggie Cannon, Mark McKenzie, Sam Vines (injury), Eric Palmer-Brown

Midfielders: Nobody

forwardsCast: Ricardo Pepi, Jordan Pefok

The same areas that have been a problem for the past few years: centre-back and striker. Walker Zimmerman will start at centre-back, but a place next to him is in question due to Miles Robinson’s injury. Aaron Long was in trouble, and Chris Richards and Cameron Carter-Vickers had injuries last month so they couldn’t get valuable reps along with Zimmerman. Richards has since confirmed that he will not be ready for the World Cup. Veteran Tim Rome has been drafted given his excellent form at Fulham and right now he is likely to start alongside Zimmerman.

There is a huge debate ahead around Jordan Pefok. Most fans think he should be called out, but Berhalter didn’t call him out and Josh Sargent was preferred over Ricardo Pepi and Hadji Wright was preferred over Pefok in a big shock. Jesús Ferreira seems to have jersey #9 at the moment, but the USMNT has really lacked a clinical finisher since the heydays of Clint Dempsey, Josie Altidore and Landon Donovan. This is a big problem and perhaps one of the many talented attacking midfielders they have could play in a false nine?

What players were on the bubble?

It was a big surprise that Zach Steffen didn’t make the roster as Matt Turner is now the undisputed No. 1, but Steffen was the next player. Instead, Sean Johnson and Ethan Horvath were given other goaltending positions in the roster. Steffen played for Berhalter in the Columbus Crew and has been a key part of the USMNT for the past four years. But he is not going to Qatar.

Tim Rome is having a great season at Fulham and while Berhalter has said he wants something different from a centre-back, he’s in business. Eric Palmer-Brown was right on the bubble.

Luca de la Torre is injured but almost recovered so he got ahead of Johnny Cardoso, Malik Tillman and Christian Roldan came as a surprise.

Jordan Pefok, Ricardo Pepi and Paul Arriola were big losers here. Jordan Morris, Hadji Wright and Josh Sargent were ahead of them, but in all these situations it was a coin toss. Arriola and Pepi scored in key qualifying moments but will not travel to Qatar.

Lionel Messi’s goal in the second half greatly increased Argentina’s hopes for the World Cup. Albicelesta broke through a hard-nosed Mexico to win 2-0 at Lusail on Saturday.

Enzo Fernandez, 21, also scored for Argentina in the win after losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in the first leg.

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Mexico’s daring performance was interrupted by Messi’s great finish and now Mexico (1 point) needs to beat Saudi Arabia (3 points) and get help from Argentina (3 points) against Poland (4 points) to reach the round of 16.

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Lionel Messi: Of course.

The greatest player in the world – perhaps in history – had a frustrating day and spent 65 minutes thinking this could have been his last World Cup match.

Twenty-five minutes later, he had a goal and an assist, with Argentina heading to Poland, probably a draw or even better than a playoff advance.

This is Messi.

Mexico carried out Tata Martino’s master plan for over an hour and looked ready to leave with a point. Messi did not receive the ball in dangerous areas, and Lautaro Martinez was so ineffective that he was removed from the field.

Then: One hesitation when Angel Di Maria spotted Messi. Two touches for the atomic ant. 1-0.

Messi later helped young Enzo Fernandez’s goal to confirm his status as one of the best in any team sport. Argentina only had 0.28 expected goals that day, but if you have two magical hits it will do the trick.

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Argentina vs Mexico

Lionel Messi goal video: GOAT

Enzo Fernandez goal video: Perler assists Messi at the finish line

How to watch Argentina vs Mexico live stream, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 26th
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)