August 12, 2022

The United States Men’s National Team may launch a title defense on Friday night, but you’ll have to forgive most for seeing their Concacaf Nations League games in a different light. The 2022 World Cup overshadows and colors everything the United States does, from club performances and trips to national team matches by the end of the United States’ run in Qatar later this year.

Gregg Berhalter has spent his time as manager cultivating the USA player pool, exploring his options and building the depth chart, and right now a good chunk of USA’s ideal roster for the competition is informally defined. There are, however, a few problems with this. First, there’s the fact that USA have never had their ideal XI on the pitch together due to injuries and other absences and are destined for a curve ball or two, and second, there are key areas that are still very much up in the air. .