The World Cup is just a couple of weeks away now and with the rosters revealed yesterday by the US, I have to say I am pretty amped up for the tournament itself (not the place it is in though, that is another story). We should finally get the end-of-year roster announcements from FC Dallas here soon or at least their expansion draft protection list today. A lot to get into, so let’s dive into some links.
// FC Dallas //
FC Dallas’ Jesús Ferreira named to USMNT World Cup Roster - Big D Soccer
I think most of us expected to see Ferreira’s name on the roster but there were some FCD names left off like Pepi, Arriola, and Cannon. Some due to injuries, others…who knows.
FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira leads way with many DFW natives on final United States World Cup roster; Arriola, Pepi miss out | The Striker
Hearing the explanations from Gregg Berhalter gives you a sense that guys like Pepi and Arriola were just on the edge of making this roster had it been 28 or 30 players.
“I am heartbroken:” Paul Arriola after USMNT World Cup roster snub | MLSSoccer.com
I do have to say that I am a bit gutted for Paul in this when I see guys like Jordan Morris on the roster. No real knock against Morris but I think Arriola made more sense right now.
FC Dallas Acquires International Roster Spot from Nashville SC | FC Dallas
Yes, I know these trades get a lot of people’s attention but its really a stock-up situation for January more than signing someone right now.
// MLS //
Houston Dynamo trade Fafa Picault to Nashville SC - Dynamo Theory
Picault is headed to another team after falling out of favor in Houston. I do think this will be a good landing spot for him with Hany Mukhtar.
LA Galaxy acquire third-round pick in trade with Minnesota United FC - LAG Confidential
Galaxy picks up a third-rounder in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for homegrown talent.
Luca Petrasso traded to Orlando City SC - Waking The Red
The 22-year-old leaves Toronto FC after one full season with the first team.
Atlanta United signs Brooks Lennon to contract extension - Dirty South Soccer
The Five Stripes secure the American right back until at least 2025.
// USMNT //
USMNT World Cup snubs: Vazquez, Arriola, Steffen & more denied roster spot | MLSSoccer.com
The snubs roster is very MLS-heavy right now but I think that is a good thing to show how far we’ve come in the last few years.
What it’s like to get cut from a World Cup squad – emotion, flight times and burning training kit - The Athletic
Whether the limit is 23 or 26 players, informing late discards from a tournament squad can be a fraught experience - for all involved.
USMNT 2022 World Cup squad analysis: The surprises and biggest takeaways - The Athletic
U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter faced some tough decisions as he decided on his final squad for the 2022 World Cup.
Another MLS contingent is set to make a difference for the USMNT | US Soccer Players
Luis Bueno highlights the nine Major League Soccer players named to the 2022 World Cup squad and looks back at MLS players in previous squads.
2022 FIFA World Cup: Gregg Berhalter unveils USMNT final 26-player roster - Stars and Stripes FC
Here is another look at the group that is heading to Qatar.