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Top 50 Americans in the USMNT 2022 World Cup player pool

09:26 GMT+3 19/08/2022
As the 2022 World Cup looms, GOAL takes a look at the top 50 players currently in the USMNT player pool

What once felt like it was a lifetime away is now suddenly just around the corner. The 2022 World Cup will kick off in Qatar before we know it, ending an eight-year wait that has felt like a lifetime to those that follow the U.S. men's national team.

The USMNT arguably has more young, talented stars than ever before, with players featuring for Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.

Players like Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest are playing for Champions League contenders, while several up-and-comers have taken their own steps to join them in Europe's major leagues. Meanwhile, the quality of MLS continues to rise with several North American-based stars emerging as potential starters.

Yet, the past still hangs over the current crop of players. Having missed out on the 2018 World Cup thanks to that haunting night in Trinidad & Tobago, the current U.S. generation carries added pressure on its shoulders.

As the 2022 World Cup edges closer, here's a look at the top 50 Americans in the U.S. men's national team player pool looking to make supporters proud:


    Perhaps one of the more interesting races on the road to Qatar is the one for the No. 1 shirt.

    There are two main contenders for that role: Zack Steffen and Matt Turner. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, and both have made impressions on head coach Gregg Berhalter.

    But there's also the battle for third-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup, and that one is just as compelling, with an MLS Cup MVP and goalkeeping prodigy among the candidates.

  • Steffen USMNT 2022

    Zack Steffen - Middlesbrough (on loan from Manchester City)

    Since Berhalter's arrival, Steffen has almost always been the USMNT' No. 1 when healthy. He's worked with Berhalter at club level, played at Manchester City and is an incredible athlete with decent ball skills for his position.

    But Steffen's lack of games came back to bite him at times as his form has dipped during his time as a backup at Manchester City.

    In the battle with Turner, he'll need game time at Boro to prove that he does, in fact, remain the USMNT's best goalkeeper.

    World Cup status: Locked in

  • Matt Turner Arsenal 2022

    Matt Turner - Arsenal

    Turner got his dream move this summer, joining Arsenal after becoming the best goalkeeper in MLS with the New England Revolution. However, it remains to be seen how that move affects his chances to start at the World Cup.

    A backup behind Aaron Ramsdale, Turner may find himself in the same position Steffen did as Ederson's understudy. Turner is likely a better pure shot-stopper than Steffen and is improving with his feet, but, if he doesn't get minutes at Arsenal, the job will likely belong to Steffen.

    World Cup status: Locked in

  • Johnson NYCFC MLS Cup 2021

    Sean Johnson - NYCFC

    Last season's MLS Cup MVP, Johnson has built momentum for the third goalkeeper spot. He's continued to shine in MLS for one of the league's best teams in NYCFC and was fantastic against Uruguay in his last USMNT appearance.

    He's a distant third behind Steffen and Turner, but if Berhalter is simply picking the best possible goalkeeper right now for that third reserve position, Johnson is the guy.

    World Cup status: Has a chance

  • Gabriel Slonina Chelsea unveiling 2022

    Gabriel Slonina - Chicago Fire (on loan from Chelsea)

    The 2022 World Cup may be a bit soon for American soccer's goalkeeping prodigy, but he certainly has a chance to be on the plane to Qatar.

    Slonina transferred to Chelsea this summer, but was subsequently laoned back to the Fire to continue his development. He's committed to the USMNT, turning down interest from Poland, as he looks to be American soccer's next great goalkeeper.

    Does Berhalter use that third spot to give Slonina a taste of the big stage, or does he use it to bring the best possible goalkeeper? The answer to that question will determine whether or not Slonina is on the plane this fall.

    World Cup Status: Has a chance

  • Ethan Horvath USMNT 2021

    Ethan Horvath - Luton Town

    Horvath is in a weird spot. He hasn't been in the form of Johnson and he's nowhere near as young as Slonina. And so, the 27-year-old goalkeeper looks like he'll be on the outside looking in for a World Cup spot.

    A move to Luton Town could prove helpful for a player that hasn't played nearly as much as he'd like since he was replaced by Simon Mignolet at Club Brugge in 2019. Can he play his way into the squad? Sure, but he'd need a whole lot to go his way for that to happen.

    World Cup status: Unlikely


    Berhalter wants his defenders to press high and be confident on the ball. The manager has spent the last several years identifying players who meet that standard, and he now has to further narrow those favorites into a list of Qatar attendees.

    We had a pretty good idea of what Berhalter's starting central pairing would look like, but then Miles Robinson got injured. The center back race is wide open now.

    Meanwhile, we still are fairly certain of who will start at full back, with Berhalter having two go-to starters in Sergino Dest and Antonee Robinson, but there's an intriguing race building to be their backups.

  • Sergino Dest - Barcelona

    The USMNT's right back of the present and future, Dest still has his weaknesses, but they're more than masked by his strengths.

    A dynamic attacking full back who can both score and set up goals, Dest's defensive awareness remains a work in progress, but he is certainly working on it under Xavi at Barcelona. If he ever masters that side of his game, he'd be world class.

    Right now, though, he's still a fantastic full back that is a guaranteed starter at right back and an emergency backup at left back heading to Qatar.

    World Cup Status: Locked In

  • Antonee Robinson Fulham 2022

    Antonee Robinson - Fulham

    The other penciled-in starter at full back, Jedi has made himself all but indispensable over the last few years.

    Now back in the Premier League with Fulham, Robinson can test himself against even better competition over the next few months.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Zimmerman Nashville 2021

    Walker Zimmerman - Nashville SC

    Zimmerman has established himself as the best central defender in MLS and, likely, the USMNT player pool as well.

    He's come a long way since being left off the initial World Cup qualifying roster and is now essentially a guarantee to start after proving so reliable in World Cup qualifying.

    The big question isn't if Zimmerman starts, but rather who starts alongside him.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Aaron Long - New York Red Bulls

    Long had to recover from devastating injury, but he's well and truly back.

    After rupturing his Achilles in May 2021, Long returned this February and has somehow maintained his All-Star level.

    He's back in the mix with the USMNT too, starting six games and making a strong case to be the team's second center back.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Chris Richards USMNT 2022

    Chris Richards - Crystal Palace

    After two loan spells at Hoffenheim, Richards is now looking to play his way into Patrick Vieira's plans at Crystal Palace.

    Richards may be the USMNT's most talented center back, but he still has a lot to learn in terms of senior experience. Playing in the Premier League should certainly help with that as he now finds himself ready to make his mark at the highest level.

    World Cup status: Locked in

  • Yedlin

    DeAndre Yedlin - Inter Miami

    Likely the only member of the 2022 USMNT World Cup squad who has ever played in a World Cup.

    Yedlin was an up-and-coming starlet when he went toe-to-toe with Eden Hazard in 2014 and is now the wily, experienced veteran of the team at just 29 years old.

    For an inexperienced group, Yedlin's background is invaluable, and he still has that famous pace that saw him burst onto the scene eight years ago. That makes him an ideal backup for Dest, even if there's plenty of competition for that role.

    World Cup Status: Likely

  • Cannon USMNT 2021

    Reggie Cannon - Boavista

    The former FC Dallas star was expected to move on from Boavista this summer after helping the club to a mid-table finish. That didn't happen.

    However, Cannon added some new wrinkles to his game during his stay at the Portuguese club. He can now play as a wide center back in a back-three, adding a bit of versatility that could make him an important piece in a World Cup squad.

    His primary position remains as a right back, though, and his ability to get to the line and cross give him an edge on some of his competitors.

    World Cup status: In the mix

  • Joe Scally Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga 2021-22

    Joe Scally - Borussia Monchengladbach

    Scally burst onto the scene to start the 2021-22 Bundesliga season, helping his side shut down Bayern Munich in one of his first few first-team appearances.

    It's been up and down since then, though, having to adjust to life as a first-team star for both club and country.

    He had some rough moments in a USMNT jersey, but there's no erasing his good qualities. Scally can play on either side of the defense and he's a very good defensive full back who could serve as a valuable backup to Dest and Robinson.

    World Cup status: In the mix

  • Bello Arminia Bielefeld 2022

    George Bello - Arminia Bielefeld

    Bello has seemingly fallen down the pecking order, but he's still in the mix to be the USMNT's backup left back.

    He struggled a bit for the USMNT in his most recent appearances, relinquishing the hold he seemingly had on that backup left back spot.

    With his club now in the 2. Bundesliga, Bello could get more minutes this season and, given the timing of this World Cup, good form may be the difference between going and not going to Qatar.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • McKenzie USMNT 2021

    Mark McKenzie - Genk

    McKenzie has started the Belgian season well for Genk, which is great news for the former Philadelphia Union star.

    His move to the Belgian league hasn't quite vaulted him up the depth chart as he would have hoped, but he's still surely in the mix.

    McKenzie doesn't have the versatility of some of his competitors for a roster spot, and that could cost him, but he'll be in consideration down to the wire.

    World Cup status: In the mix

  • Carter-Vickers Celtic 2022

    Cameron Carter-Vickers - Celtic

    The former Tottenham defender is arguably the player that has seen his stock rise highest over the last year.

    A standout season for Celtic saw CCV rocket his way back into the USMNT picture, and he's since made that initial loan spell a permanent move. He's seemingly found his level at Celtic, a club that has finally given him a home after years of loans.

    If he continues last season's form, Carter-Vickers should be on the plane to Qatar.

    World Cup status: In the mix

  • Moore USMNT 2021

    Shaq Moore - Nashville SC

    Moore has joined Nashville in a reported $2 million transfer, as he joins Zimmerman in the Music City.

    He faces a fight at right back with several of the players listed above, but he now does have a platform to show off after several years with Tenerife in the Spanish second division.

    Moore was out of the picture from 2018-2021, but he may still find a way to play himself into the squad after shining at the Gold Cup.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Vines USMNT Gold Cup 2021

    Sam Vines - Antwerp

    Vines hasn't been called in since November, which isn't a good sign for a player who once looked a strong contender for a squad place.

    The left back's first season at Antwerp was solid enough, even if he did deal with a collarbone injury, and he's been getting minutes to start his second campaign in Belgium.

    Vines started each of Antwerp's first four matches - all wins.

    World Cup status: In the mix

  • Brooks USMNT 2021

    John Brooks - Unattached

    Brooks' time with the USMNT appears to be over.

    Berhalter has opted not to call in the 2014 World Cup veteran several times, pointing to form and fit as reasons to exclude the now-former Wolfsburg center back.

    At his best, Brooks is among the USMNT's best center backs, a Bundesliga and World Cup veteran who can be a commanding presence. But he simply doesn't fit into Berhalter's plans and is unlikely to change that by November.

    World Cup Status: Unlikely

  • Miles Robinson USMNT 2022

    Miles Robinson - Atlanta United

    Absolutely heartbreaking.

    The defender's Achilles injury will almost certainly keep him out of the World Cup. Barring a miracle, Robinson will likely be out until 2023 at the earliest.

    It's a horrible shame for a player that had played himself into a starting spot. Robinson is tall, quick, intelligent and one hell of a central defender. The USMNT will miss him a whole lot in Qatar.

    World Cup status: Unlikely

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    Matt Miazga - FC Cincinnati

    After several years toiling away in Chelsea's loan army, Miazga is settled in a new home.

    The former New York Red Bulls star has arrived in Cincinnati, but is it too little too late for a player that has only earned four caps since 2019?

    He has his first start under his belt, but he'll need to make up a lot of ground to secure a World Cup spot.

    World Cup status: Doubtful

  • Jones Revolution 2022

    DeJuan Jones - New England Revolution

    The 25-year-old full back was a vital player for the Revs' incredible 2021 campaign, and he remains key for a team that has undergone a lot of turnover since.

    Jones is right on the edge of the USMNT player pool, and he was called in to camp in January.

    Is it too late for him to make a serious run for a spot? Probably, but with no player really claiming the backup left back spot, he still has a chance.

    World Cup Status: Doubtful

  • Paredes Wolfsburg 2022

    Kevin Paredes - Wolsburg

    A true wild card, Paredes' versatility makes him a very interesting USMNT prospect.

    The former D.C. United star can play as a left midfielder or at left back. He'd likely take on the latter role should a surprise call come from Berhalter.

    However, he's struggled for minutes at Wolfsburg and would need to break into the XI to truly earn consideration.

    World Cup status: Doubtful

  • Tolkin Red Bulls 2022

    John Tolkin - New York Red Bulls

    Probably one for the future, but Berhalter has namedropped him in the past.

    Tolkin has emerged as a defensive star with the New York Red Bulls, and he's only 21.

    He's earning interest from Europe and, even if he doesn't move on, he has a great environment to develop in New York. But, given the timing, he's likely one for 2026, not 2022.

    World Cup Status: Doubtful


    When it comes to the midfield, Berhalter has his defined roles he wants to stick with.

    Whether you call them two No. 10s or two No. 8s, Berhalter wants two of his midfielders to be comfortable carrying the ball and joining the attack. They have to be confident, creative and, perhaps most importantly, prepared to press and be pressed in the center of the field.

    As for the third man, the U.S. often deploys a No. 6. Their job is to break up play, receive the ball from the center backs and spread it to the players more capable of driving the ball up the field.

  • Tyler Adams RB Leipzig 2021-22

    Tyler Adams - Leeds United

    There's no like-for-like replacement for Adams in the USMNT pool.

    An all-energy No. 6 who anchors the midfield, Adams moved to Leeds United this summer, rejoining compatriot Jesse Marsch while taking the next step in his career.

    The Premier League will, hopefully, help Adams refine his game even more while offering him a chance at more minutes than he was getting at RB Leipzig.

    World Cup status: Locked in

  • Weston McKennie Juventus

    Weston McKennie - Juventus

    Injuries have kept McKennie off the field for much of the last year but, when healthy, there's no doubt about McKennie's importance.

    The Juventus star does everything you can ask of him, from breaking up play to scoring goals at the other end. He's a weapon on set pieces, and free kicks take on added importance at the World Cup.

    His game continues to grow when healthy but those are the key words: when healthy. He's back and fit to start the Serie A season, but the USMNT would be totally fine putting McKenning in bubblewrap to keep him fit for Qatar.

    World Cup status: Locked in

  • Yunus Musah United States 2021

    Yunus Musah - Valencia

    What a player Musah is.

    A dynamic young midfielder who glides on the ball, Musah has been everpresent since committing his future to the USMNT.

    He's also now getting looks in central midfield at club level after years on the wing, which is very good news for the USMNT.

    Musah is the final piece of the MMA midfield with McKennie and Adams likely to be joined by the Valencia star as the USMNT's go-to midfield three.

    World Cup status: Locked in

  • Luca de la Torre USMNT 2021

    Luca de la Torre - Heracles

    It's been quite a ride for Luca de la Torre, who wasn't even in the picture one year ago.

    A strong showing in the first window of 2022 propelled De la Torre back into the squad, and he hasn't looked back.

    The Heracles midfielder is smooth on the ball and fairly creative, making him the best like-for-like replacement for Musah in the USMNT pool. He's likely locked down a role as Musah's backup and, given the nature of a World Cup, could very well be called upon to start.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Acosta USMNT 2021

    Kellyn Acosta - LAFC

    The best Adams backup in the USMNT pool.

    Acosta's spot is pretty secure as he's far and away the team's second-best No. 6. Berhalter trusts him, and that's because he's been pretty reliiable since playing his way back into the USMNT picture after several years way outside of it.

    If healthy, he's in the World Cup squad.

    World Cup status: Locked in

  • Busio USMNT 2021

    Gianluca Busio - Venezia

    It reamins to be seen how Busio's club situation impacts his World Cup hopes. Venezia has slipped into Serie B, and Busio has opted to stay on and help push the team back to the top flight.

    That's probably the right decision for his development, as it gives him a year in the second tier to add more to the defensive side of his game.

    Despite his creativity, though, he's not guaranteed a World Cup spot and could fall out if he doesn't start well in Serie B.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Lletget USMNT 2021

    Sebastian Lletget - FC Dallas

    A mid-summer trade will likely determine Lletget's World Cup spot.

    Lletget is probably on the outside looking in at the moment, even if he has been a regular contributor for the USMNT for the entirety of this cycle. There are just other strong options, and his play in MLS hasn't quite inspired.

    However, a trade to FC Dallas could provide the exact boost he needs as he looks to raise his game and play his way back into Berhalter's plans.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Roldan Sounders 2021

    Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders

    Versatility is the name of the game with Roldan.

    He can play on the wing, in midfield or as a right wing back. He brings energy, tenacity and experience. He's a proven winner who continues to rack up club accomplishments. He is also a great locker room presence.

    That said, Roldan isn't the most talented member of the midfield and it remains to be seen if the above factors are enough to keep him involved going forward.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • James Sands USMNT 2021

    James Sands - Rangers

    Sands has a skillset that makes him unique in the player pool.

    He's a perfect for a three-man back-line and can handle playing as a defensive midfielder. As a result, he is wonderful have around if the USMNT want the flexibility to change systems.

    The former NYCFC starlet is coming into his own at Rangers, but he's not quite in the top tier for the USMNT at center back or defensive midfield just yet. But he can do both, and that makes him worthy of Qatar consideration.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Tillman Rangers 2022

    Malik Tillman - Rangers

    The Bayern Munich youngster is still a bit of a mystery given his lack of first-team soccer, but he's certainly making his case.

    He made his USMNT debut over the summer after completing his one-time switch and he didn't look out of his depth. And, now at Rangers, he's started the season with a bang with two goals in his first two games.

    Tillman is definitely one for the future who could play a role in the present considering his ability to play in the midfield or across the attacking positions.

    World Cup Status: In the mix


    Berhalter still doesn't have his No. 9 determined, and the uncertainty there is a huge worry for the squad.

    On the bright side, the wide attacking areas are the USMNT's biggest positions of strength with four players currently at top clubs. Even better, all four have vastly different skillsets, giving Berhalter a variety of options for different games. The U.S. has attackers wo can find that final pass against a bunkered defense and attackers who can turn games into a track meet with speed.

    But, even so, it would be nice to have a go-to No. 9, wouldn't it?

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    Christian Pulisic - Chelsea

    Captain America himself.

    The USMNT's most accomplished, and likely best player, Pulisic will finally get his moment in the spotlight in Qatar this year. A teenage Pulisic in tears was one of the lasting memories of the 2018 World Cup cycle, while a defiant, celebrating Pulisic was one of the defining pictures of this cycle.

    There are concerns about his role at Chelsea and his injury history, but Pulisic is still the leader of this young USMNT group as it heads toward Qatar.

    Can he handle that weight? We'll see.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Breenden Aaronson Selección Estados Unidos

    Brenden Aaronson - Leeds United

    He's endeared himself to fans in Philadelphia, Salzburg and Leeds and is proving that he's one of the top players American soccer has on offer.

    A dynamic, creative and energetic player, Aaronson has just about everything Berhalter could ask for in a winger. He scores goals, he tracks back, he presses and he can play the final ball.

    The question is where Aaronson plays and how often. Is he a winger, a No. 10 or a No. 8? That's for Berhalter to sort out as Aaronson's talent commands a place on the field, either as a starter or as an incredible super-sub.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Timothy Weah USMNT 2021-22

    Tim Weah - Lille

    Weah was the USMNT's most in-form player for much of World Cup qualifying, and he may just challenge Pulisic for being the most goal-dangerous attacker on the USMNT.

    Knowing that, there's a chance he's deployed at striker, where he has played at club level. However, Berhalter has been hesitant to make that call as he's instead preferred Weah's speed and versatility to open space on the wing.

    Either way, Weah is a key piece for the U.S. who will likely play a big role in Qatar.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Giovanni Reyna USMNT

    Gio Reyna - Borussia Dortmund

    There's a good argument to be made that Reyna is the USMNT's most talented player. But for all of his skill, the last year has been a reminder that the best ability is availability.

    Injuries took Reyna out of most of World Cup qualifying, but the Dortmund winger seems to be on the right track to build fitness during the early weeks of the Bundesliga season.

    And the U.S. will need him fit, as his skillset will be vital to breaking down defenses in Qatar.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Jesus Ferreira 2022

    Jesus Ferreira - FC Dallas

    The current leader of the seemingly never-ending No. 9 race.

    Ferreira has taken his game to a new level with his club this season, as the FC Dallas star has established himself as one of MLS' premier goal scorers. The task will now be to bring that form to the USMNT, which could certainly use a player who can consistently put the ball in the back of the net.

    But Ferreira's skillset allows him to contribute even when he isn't scoring, as his movement and creativity open up opportunities for others. And, because of that, Ferreira is the favorite to start in Qatar.

    World Cup Status: Locked in

  • Ricardo Pepi USMNT 2021

    Ricardo Pepi - Augsburg

    Pepi's move to Augsburg hasn't quite gone to plan.

    The former FC Dallas forward was seemingly destined to start at the World Cup as he asserted himself as the USMNT's go-to forward for the first half of World Cup qualifying. However, his rapid rise hit a speedbump right as he hit a wall in front of goal.

    Pepi's goals dried up, and so too have the calls for him to start. A few strikes to start the Bundesliga season would do wonders for a still-developing forward who still has plenty of promise and still has hopes of playing a role in Qatar.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Vazquez MLS All-Star 2022

    Brandon Vazquez - FC Cincinnati

    Every World Cup, there's a player or two that comes out of nowhere to play their way into the squad at the last possible moment. This time around, that looks like Vazquez.

    The FC Cincy striker has broken out in a big way this season, taking the leap from backup to star seemingly overnight. Prior to this season, Vazquez had scored 14 career goals. He's more than doubled that already this season.

    Is it too late for him to get into the squad? Time will tell but, if Berhalter is picking based on form, there are few in better form than the 23-year-old forward.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Josh Sargent Norwich City 2021-22

    Josh Sargent - Norwich City

    Another player once earmarked as the USMNT's starting striker, Sargent may finally have a platform to prove himself this season.

    Sargent has largely played on bad teams just hoping to scrape by, and life is never easy for front-men stuck in those situations. He's largely been limited to one or two opportunities per game as his teams floundered around him.

    Now in the Championship with Norwich, Sargent has a chance to play at a different level this season as he looks to build a resume after a few difficult years.

    World Cup status: In the mix

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    Paul Arriola - FC Dallas

    Berhalter is always full of praise for Arriola, who, in many ways, is a great player to have in the squad.

    He's a veteran leader who can play anywhere on the right side. He's well-liked and has generally done the job when called upon in USMNT games. In past eras, he'd be a key starter.

    But this era is a bit different. The U.S. has so much wing talent that it's hard to break in with Arriola's skillset. When you're competing with players that play in the Champions League regularly, it's a big task to break through.

    That said, Arriola is one of those fringe guys who could join the roster as a reliable, veteran presence.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

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    Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

    Just making it this far is an incredible victory for Jordan Morris, who tore his ACL twice during this World Cup qualifying cycle. The fact that he could conceivably be on the plane to Qatar is incredible considering what he's had to go through just to get back onto the field.

    Morris, though, is another one of those players that, unfortunately, may be playing in the wrong era. He'd be a lock starter on most USMNT World Cup teams, but his limitations could conceivably keep him out of the squad this time around.

    The Seattle Sounders star offers pace out wide and could fill in as a No. 9, but, with just six goals in MLS this season, it could be tough to lock down a spot.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Haji Wright

    Haji Wright - Antalyaspor

    Given the amount of goals he's scored in the Turkish league, Wright is very much in the mix after being called into the first post-World Cup qualifying camp.

    That camp didn't quite go to plan, as he was criticized by Berhalter after the forward's only start of the window, but that doesn't rule him out.

    Wright has made a permanent move to Antalyaspor and, if he can build on the form that saw him go berserk to close last season, he'll be in contention.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Pefok USMNT 2022

    Jorden Pefok - Union Berlin

    Pefok got his big move this summer as he looks to make his own late surge.

    The striker, who made his USMNT debut in 2021, was dominant for Young Boys in the Swiss League and has now earned a transfer to Union Berlin. And he doesn't appear to be out of his depth in Germany, scoring in two of his first three matches in all competitions.

    Pefok has never quite shined for the U.S., so his spot may come down to his performances in September friendlies.

    World Cup Status: In the mix

  • Daryl Dike USMNT 2021

    Daryl Dike - West Brom

    Injuries, injuries, injuries.

    Dike is a dynamic young striker, but he can't stay healthy long enough to prove he deserves a USMNT place. Since moving to West Brom in January, he's played just twice.

    The 22-year-old striker has 28 goals in 65 career club games on the professional level, a record that few in the USMNT pool could hope to match.

    But he's injured once again to start West Brom's Championship campaign as his World Cup window inches closer to shutting for this cycle.

    World Cup Status: Unlikely

  • Hoppe USMNT 2021

    Matthew Hoppe - Middlesbrough

    Hoppe broke through at Schalke in 2021, but has struggled to recapture the magic of those initial appearances in the Bundesliga.

    His move to Mallorca was a total disaster, as combinations of injuries and the coronavirus limited him to just seven total appearances.

    Can a move to Middlesbrough give him the platform he needs to succeed? Time will tell, but it's not looking great.

    World Cup Status: Unlikely

  • De la Fuente USMNT 2021

    Konrad de la Fuente - Olympiacos

    Another player that recently made a move, the former Barcelona player's search for a lasting home continues.

    After coming up through the Bluagrana's academy, the Florida-born winger never quite broke through with the first team, but did earn a move to Marseille.

    He scored one goal in 23 appearances in France, but was loaned out this summer to Greek giants Olympiacos. The hope is that time in Greece will give the 21-year-old the first-team opportunities he's been searching for.

    World Cup Status: Doubtful