Gregg Berhalter explained the decision to exclude Yunus Musah from the U.S. men’s CONCACAF Nations League two wins and also reported the injury to goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
Musah was the only USMNT outside player who did not appear in the team’s victories over Honduras and Mexico, two games that would officially tie the midfielder to the U.S.
Now, he will almost certainly have to wait until the fall to tie the cap, but Berhalter has said that the Valencia star is taking it easy and will appear against Costa Rica on Wednesday.
What did Berhalter have to say?
“It was a tactical decision,” USWNT leader Berhalter said of Musah’s vacancy. “It’s a big part of what we do. He’s a young player, 18 years old, and in these specific games, we chose something different. I don’t think that means he’s not part of the team. We’re counting and we’re counting for the future.
“We wanted to get into these games in the right way so that he could see the speed of the game, get used to what CONCACAF is like and see that from the side, but he’s ready [Wednesday] and we’re looking forward to a great game. “
“He’s ready to go,” Berhalter added. “He understands that he is a team. He has dealt enough with Valencia this year to understand that sometimes you don’t get to play, but there has been a lot of communication from us and he is ready. It is never easy for younger players. is ready [Wednesday]. “
Steffen came out friendly in Costa Rica
Before Wednesday’s friendly, the last game of most of this team before qualifying for the World Cup last fall, the U.S. will be without a goalkeeper in Steffen, who has suffered an injury against Mexico.
The Manchester City goalkeeper was forced out in the second half, and Ethan Horvath became the hero of the USMNT with a late penalty kick by Andres Guardado.
On Tuesday, Berhalter revealed that Steffen and defender Bryan Reynolds would miss the game against Costa Rica with the same injuries.
“They both have bone fractures in their knee, and it’s a 10-day injury,” Berhalter said. “They’re healing and improving, but they won’t be able to play the game.”
Berhalter has revealed that defender Matt Miazga has left camp to celebrate his wedding and has been replaced by defender Walker Zimmerman of Nashville SC.