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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

USA plagued by injuries and lack of rhythm ahead of World Cup

A World Cup scheduled in the middle of the European season is not ideal, especially for the United States.

Injuries to several players and a lack of filming mark the countdown ahead of their debut against Wales on Monday.

Weston McKennie, Sergino Dest and Luca De La Torre missed time, and Christian Pulisic and Matt Turner are among the players with problems with their clubs. Defenders Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long will play in the United States’ first World Cup meeting after being sidelined for more than a month after their MLS seasons ended.

A friendly against Qatari team Al-Gharafa, which hosts the Americans’ training center at Thani Bin Jassim Stadium, takes place on Thursday, but the intensity level will certainly be higher against Wales.

“It’s going to be a great matchup,” McKennie said on Saturday. “When everyone’s on fire with little matchups on the field, everyone’s fighting for it and everyone’s ready to go, that’s when we put our best foot forward.” performed.”

Absent from soccer’s top tournament since an overtime loss against Belgium in the World Cup’s Round of 16 in Brazil, the United States has arrived with a new lineup – only defender DeAndre Yedlin remains from 2014. According to FIFA, the average age of the United States national team is 25.2 years, with Ghana having the second lowest average at 24.7.

With youth comes inconsistencies.

“Every athlete in every sport has a bad day,” McKechnie acknowledged. “The situation with football is that it’s a team sport and even if just one player has a bad day, it can cause problems and we all have bad days, everyone wants to We’re 100%, but we’re also human and we make mistakes.”

McKennie last played a competitive game on 29 October against Juventus after suffering a thigh injury.

Dest, who has a groin problem, hasn’t played 90 minutes since October 5. He returned from injury on 13 November to play 35 minutes for Milan.

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