The return of Christian Pulisic and Daryl Dike? – The athletic one

After the Octagonal Round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers opens with matches against El Salvador, Canada, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica, the US men’s national team will finally face its fiercest and most talented rival when it hosts Mexico in Cincinnati on November 12. The game has huge implications. A win by the US would put them on par with Mexico at the top of the octagonal standings, while a win in Mexico would widen a six-point gap between the countries.

The US will follow their match against El Tri with a trip to Kingston to take on Jamaica on November 16. The US had their way with Jamaica in Austin, Texas in October, but the Reggae Boyz were starless Mikhail Antonio and Leon Bailey. Their inclusion could significantly change the dynamics for the rematch.

This is the only window of the Octagonal that does not contain three matches. Each team also has an extra day of rest between matches in this window than in the normal three match windows. We believe this will lead to reduced roster rotation for the US and a reduction in roster to 23 players out of the 26 called up for each of the September and October windows.

What will that squad look like? This is our prediction:


Prediction: Sean Johnson, Zack Steffen, Matt Turner

I only miss: Brad Guzan

No changes here from the trio from the October camp, but one question still hangs over this group: who is the starting goalkeeper?

Matt Turner has been weak for both club and country for most of this year, but Berhalter turned to Zack Steffen in goal against Costa Rica in the final game of the October window. Steffen then got his first start of the Premier League season for Manchester City on October 16 and played in the Carabao Cup on October 27.


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