USMNT name first EVER competitive matchday squad without a single MLS player amid reliance on overseas stars
- No MLS-based player in 23-man squad
- Premier League and Bundesliga well represented
- USA beat Grenada 7-1
WHAT HAPPENED? The matchday squad named by interim coach Anthony Hudson for the 7-1 victory over Grenada on March 25 did not include a single player who plies their trade in the States, with Atlanta United's Miles Robinson in the overall squad but not named on the bench for the fixture. Weston McKennie and Ricardo Pepi both bagged braces in the win.
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THE BIGGER PICTURE: The Bundesliga and Premier League were heavily represented in the 23-man matchday group, with Brenden Aaronson (Leeds), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) and Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) starting in the USA front three. There were even players from the Dutch and Belgian leagues, as well as La Liga and Serie A, in an illustration of how many top USA stars have flocked to Europe in recent years to play their club football.
IN THREE PHOTOS:
1 - With Miles Robinson a healthy scratch, the @USMNT will play a competitive match without using a single MLS player for the first time since the league began in 1996. Global. pic.twitter.com/Pitx2lt41e— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) March 24, 2023
WHAT NEXT FOR THE USA? After their rout of Grenada, the USMNT's next CONCACAF Nations League clash is against El Salvador on March 28.