Gregg Berhalter explained the decision to knock Yunus Musah out of the US men’s team’s two CONCACAF Nations League victories and also provided an update on the injury suffered by goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
Musah was the only available outfield player from USMNT not to appear in the team’s victories over Honduras and Mexico, two games that would have officially tied the midfielder with the USA.
Now, he will almost certainly have to wait until the fall to be tied for the salary cap, but Berhalter said the Valencia star is taking it easy and is expected to face Costa Rica on Wednesday.
What did Berhalter have to say?
“It was a tactical decision,” USWNT chief Berhalter said of Musah’s mission. “He’s a huge part of what we do. He’s a young player, 18 years old, and in these games in particular, we go for something different. I don’t think that means he’s not part of the group. He’s a guy that We Count and we count for the future.
“We wanted to bring him to these games in the right way, to see the speed of the game, to get used to what CONCACAF is like and see it from the touchline, but he’s ready to go. [Wednesday] and we are looking forward to him having a great game. “
“He’s ready to play,” Berhalter added. “He understands that it is a team. He has dealt with Valencia enough this year to understand that sometimes you cannot play, but it has been a lot of communication on our part and he is ready to play. It is never easy for the younger players. don’t do it. ” enter the field but is patient and bought with the team concept and ready to go [Wednesday]. “
Steffen leaves for the friendly of Costa Rica
Before Wednesday’s friendly, the last game for most of this group before qualifying for the World Cup this fall, the United States will not have its starting goalkeeper in Steffen, who was injured against Mexico.
The Manchester City goalkeeper was sent off in the second half, with Ethan Horvath emerging as the hero of the USMNT with a late save from Andrés Guarded’s penalty.
On Tuesday, Berhalter revealed that Steffen and defender Bryan Reynolds would miss the game against Costa Rica with identical injuries.
“They both have bruises on their knee bones and this is a 10-day injury,” Berhalter said. “They are recovering and improving, but they will not be able to play.”
Berhalter also revealed that defender Matt Miazga left camp to celebrate his wedding and was replaced by Nashville SC defender Walker Zimmerman.