FC Dallas Homegrown striker Ricardo Pepi has been called up by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter to represent the United States in the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica.
Pepi will report to camp following FC Dallas’ home match against Minnesota United FC match on Saturday, Oct. 2.
The USMNT are third in the Concacaf World Cup Qualifying standings with five points and a 1-0-2 record. The USMNT will face Jamaica in Austin, Texas (6:30PM CT; ESPN2, TUDN, Univision), Panama in Panama City, Panama (5PM CT; Paramount+, Universo) and Costa Rica in Columbus, Ohio (6:00PM CT; ESPN2, TUDN, UniMás).
This is Pepi’s second call up to the USMNT following his senior team debut in September where he scored his first USMNT goal and recorded two assists in the 4-1 win against Honduras on Sept. 8 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He became the second-youngest USMNT player to score in a World Cup Qualifier at 18 years and 242 days old and was also the second-youngest player to make his senior team debut behind Christian Pulisic who made his debut at 17 years and 193 days.
Pepi has enjoyed a successful season for FC Dallas. He has scored 15 goals and recorded four assists across all competitions for FC Dallas. The El Paso, TX native became the youngest player in MLS and FC Dallas history at 18 years and 196 days old to score a hat trick when he scored three goals in the 4-1 win against the LA Galaxy on July 24, 2021. Pepi participated in his first MLS All-Star Game on Aug. 25 and scored the game-winning penalty for MLS to beat LIGA MX 3-2 in penalties following a 1-1 draw in regulation. He also participated in the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge a day prior and won the Cross and Volley Challenge for MLS.
Detailed Roster by Position (Club/Country; Caps/Goals):
DEFENDERS (10): George Bello (Atlanta United; 4/0), John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 45/3), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 13/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 7/0), Shaq Moore (Tenerife/ESP; 11/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 46/1), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER; 3/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 15/1), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 12/2), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 67/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 40/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 17/1), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; 6/0), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED: 3/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 32/8), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 25/7), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 28/0)
FORWARDS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 10/5), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 8/0), Matthew Hoppe (Mallorca/ESP; 5/1), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 1/1), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 13/1), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 62/14)