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USMNT World Cup squad: Haji Wright, Jordan Morris and Shaq Moore included

Haji Wright, Jordan Morris and Shaq Moore are the shock inclusions in Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT World Cup squad as Zack Steffen, Ricardo Pepi and Paul Arriola miss out

  • Gregg Berhalter has named his 26-man roster for the USMNT for the World Cup
  • Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Giovanni Reyna are among stars included
  • Fulham center back Tim Ream included due to injuries in central defense 
  • Shaq Moore, Jordan Morris and Haji Wright were surprise inclusions Wednesday
  • Goalkeeper Zack Steffen has missed out on Qatar in what was another surprise 
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Haji Wright, Jordan Morris and Shaq Moore have all been included in Gregg Berhalter’s USA 26-man roster for the World Cup.

The USMNT head coach had been sweating on the health on a host of players but named his squad for the showpiece tournament Wednesday, with some surprise inclusions and omissions. 

Antalyaspor’s 24-year-old Wright was a shock name when announced in the team but he is the second top scorer in the Turkish Super Lig and in form.

While Seattle Sounders’ Morris and Nashville SC’s Moore have worked their way into the roster.

Central defense has been an area of concern for the United States for some time following the long-term injury to Atlanta United‘s Miles Robinson and Tuesday’s news that Chris Richards’ leg injury ruled him out of the tournament

Antalyaspor's 24-year-old Haji Wright was the shock inclusion in USA's World Cup squad

Antalyaspor’s 24-year-old Haji Wright was the shock inclusion in USA’s World Cup squad

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter has named his 26-man roster for Qatar World Cup

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter has named his 26-man roster for Qatar World Cup

Seattle Sounders Jordan Morris has managed to work way into Berhalter's tournament plans

Seattle Sounders Jordan Morris has managed to work way into Berhalter’s tournament plans

Fulham center back Ream has been included with Genk’s Mark McKenzie not making the cut. 

Seattle Sounders midfielder Roldan has been included while Union Berlin’s Jordan Pefok has failed to win over Berhalter. 

USMNT WORLD CUP ROSTER

Goalkeepers: Matt Turner, Sean Johnson, Ethan Horvath

Defenders: Sergino Dest, Antonee Robinson, Joe Scally, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Walker Zimmerman, DeAndre Yedlin, Aaron Long, Tim Ream, Shaq Moore

MidfieldersBrenden Aaronson, Weston McKennie, Yunus Mensah, Tyler Adams, Kellyn Acosta, Luca de la Torre, Cristian Roldan

Strikers: Jesus Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna, Josh Sargent, Timothy Weah, Haji Wright

Josh Sargent, who plays in England’s tier 2 with Norwich, has been selected as part of Berhalter’s attacking options. 

Arsenal’s Matt Turner, New York City FC’s Sean Johnson and Luton Town’s Ethan Horvath have been named as the three goalkeepers. Middlesbrough’s Zack Steffen was a surprise omission from the squad.

While 19-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach right back Joe Scully was also included. 

Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie is currently sidelined with a quad injury but his position in the roster was never under threat.

Captain Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna and Leeds stars Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams are among the stars in the traveling party to Qatar.

Pulisic’s preparation for the showpiece tournament has been far from ideal with limited game time at Premier League club Chelsea.

But he’s still expected to lead the way once the USA kick-off their campaign on against Wales on November 21. 

Nashville SC defender Shaq Moore (left) was also a surprise inclusion in roster Wednesday

Nashville SC defender Shaq Moore (left) was also a surprise inclusion in roster Wednesday

Chelsea winger and USA captain Christian Pulisic is expected to lead the way for his country

Chelsea winger and USA captain Christian Pulisic is expected to lead the way for his country


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