Pefok, Vazquez, Ream: Can any of the USMNT's September snubs earn a World Cup spot?
There always seems to be some sort of surprise when World Cup rosters are announced.
From shocking omissions to risky inclusions, the U.S. men's national team has seen its share of World Cup controversy. Who can forget Julian Green's rise from anonymous to World Cup star, or the fact that it perhaps came at the expense of Landon Donovan?
As the USMNT prepares for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, there could still be some surprises. With squads expanded to 26, Gregg Berhalter will have more roster flexibility than any of his predecessors.
Could he use that flexibility to take a big swing with a surprise September omission? Could he bring in a hot hand to replace an out-of-form regular? Could a familiar face make a late surge?
Here's a look at five players who could force their way into the World Cup squad after being left out of September camp: