It has been quite the week for FC Dallas Homegrown forward Ricardo Pepi. First scoring a goal in the Texas Derby, then competing in the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge, and then scoring the game-winning penalty in last night’s All-Star Game. Now, he adds another accomplishment to his growing resume as he earns his first call up to the U.S. Men’s National Team to represent the United States in the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Just like his teammates Bryan Acosta and Szabolcs Schon, Pepi will report to camp following FC Dallas’ match against Austin FC match on Sunday, Aug. 29. All three will likely just miss the game with Real Salt Lake on Sept. 4.
The USMNT opens World Cup qualifying with three matches during the September international window, first traveling to face El Salvador on Thursday, Sept. 2. Next up, USA-Canada from Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The U.S. closes its first set of qualifiers on Sept. 8 against Honduras in San Pedro Sula.
The 18-year old will take part in his first senior camp after participating in a U-23 camp earlier this season for the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. He last played for the U.S. U-17 National Team in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, where he played in two group stage matches.
Pepi also joins fellow FC Dallas academy alumnus Weston McKinnie and Kellyn Acosta on the roster.
Detailed Roster by Position (Club/Country; Caps/Goals):
DEFENDERS (10): George Bello (Atlanta United; 3/0), John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 43/3), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 11/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 6/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 45/1), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 12/0), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 9/3), James Sands (New York City FC; 6/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 64/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 17/2)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 37/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 14/1), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 29/7), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 24/7), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 25/0)
FORWARDS (8): Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg/AUT; 7/3), Konrad de la Fuente (Olympique Marseille/FRA; 1/0), Jordan Pefok (BSC Young Boys/SUI; 6/1), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 0/0), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 38/16), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 8/4), Josh Sargent (Norwich City/ENG; 16/5), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 13/1)