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Reyna, she unsure of US World Cup qualifiers | Nation World News

Midfielder Gio Reyna and forward Tim Weah are unsure of the United States’ next three World Cup qualifiers, starting with a match against El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio, on January 27.

Reyna has not played a match since injuring his right hamstring during the opening qualifiers in El Salvador on 2 September. He was dressed for the first time since Borussia Dortmund played at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, but did not turn up in the match.

Weh, who scored in a 1–1 draw in Jamaica in the November qualifiers, injured a thigh while training with Lillee on 3 December, two days after his last match.

“With Gio and Tim, it is too early to tell,” coach Greg Berhalter said on Monday. “We have 14 days until they come to the camp, and those 14 days will be crucial.”

Major League Soccer players are training at the national team camp in Phoenix until January 21, and many of them will travel to Columbus, where players from Europe report on January 24.

Midfielder Weston McKennie and defender Miles Robinson return from one-match suspensions due to cards. Goalkeeper Jack Stephen, midfielder Tyler Adams, defenders John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin and forward Jordan Payfolk take yellow cards from the first eight qualifiers and will face a one-match suspension with an additional yellow card.

“What we have learned is to expect the unexpected,” Berhalter said. “You never know who will be available to play in each game. You have to be prepared to adapt.”

The United States plays Canada on 30 January and hosts Honduras on 2 February in St. Paul’s, Minnesota. With six games per team, Canada leads with 16 points, followed by the Americas (15), Mexico and Panama (14 each), Costa Rica (nine), Jamaica (seven), El Salvador (six) and Honduras (three). ) Huh. ,

The top three teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean qualify, and the No. 4 nation faces champions Oceania – possibly New Zealand – in the playoffs for another berth.

A January window for qualifiers is unusual, added only because the coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of the final round by a year. MLS players and even some players based in Europe are in the midst of long layoffs. Midfielder Brendan Aaronsson’s RB Salzburg has been closed since 11 December.

Defender Sergino has struggled to play at Dest Barreclona since Xavi Hernandez was appointed as coach in November, but Berhalter looked as if Dest’s national team position was secure.

“He’s a competitor and he’s the kind of guy I can see waiting for an opportunity, and doing well when he gets his opportunity,” Berhalter said. “He is resilient and has the right mindset to make it happen. He is working hard. He had a slight injury with his back at the end of the year, but he is determined to make it work.”

Players would have three closed-door scrimmages in training camp, a rule aimed at getting them closer to 90 minutes to the end.

“Then we’ll be able to tell,” said Berhalter. “The most important thing is that we can field a team that can compete at a high level, because we know what the World Cup qualifying games are like.”

Defender Aaron Long, recovering from a torn right Achilles tendon on May 15, is in his third straight training camp. He may not be ready for the game until the last three qualifiers in March.

“I’m not sure he’s going to get there, but hopefully he’ll be close,” Berhalter said. “Hopefully in March we are having different conversations.”

Berhalter said players who arrived at the camp had positive coronavirus tests.

“Fortunately, most are asymptomatic and now it’s just about a waiting game,” he said. “But this is our reality, and that’s what all sports teams are working on.”


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