Social media reacts to USMNT’s 26-player roster reveal – NBC Sports Bay Area

November 12, 2022


After months of speculation, head coach Gregg Berhalter officially unveiled the USMNT roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
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The 26-player roster that will represent the United States in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, was unveiled during an exclusive event at Brooklyn Steel in New York City on Wednesday evening and social media went into a frenzy following the reveal. 
One player that fans knew wouldn’t be on the roster is USMNT defender Chris Richards, who said he would not be competing at the World Cup after sustaining a hamstring injury in September. 
But with the final team being revealed, here’s what fans had to say about the final look at the World Cup team:
USMNT roster time. Please don’t mess this up Gregg
Immediately, many fans were shocked, and disappointed that goalkeeper Zack Steffen was not apart of the roster:
I’m not sure how to feel about Zach Steffen not making the #USMNT #WorldCup roster. 🤔
No Zack Steffan on the USMNT WC roster was true… wow 🤯
Zack Steffen WILL NOT be part of the @USMNT roster for Qatar 🤯
There have been some choices made for this USMNT roster. They are definitely choices!!
No Steffen and Tim Ream is in? Cautiously optimistic by Gregg making the right calls on this #USMNT #WorldCup roster.
I am so happy for Sean Johnson for making the #USMNT roster, but I am shocked Zack Steffen is not there. He is healthy now, and has been playing well enough.
Also Joe Scally made it!!! #NYCFC
Steffen has long been coach Berhalter’s No. 1 goalkeeper, but instead, Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Matt Turner (Arsenal) and Sean Johnson (NYCFC) are set to be on the roster.
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There were also mixed emotions on midfielder Cristian Roldan making the final team:
Massive congrats to Cristian Roldan on making the USMNT World Cup roster.
Cristian Roldan really made the USMNT World Cup roster in 2022…. I don’t even know what to say anymore. #USMNT #WorldCup
#USMNT Roldan makes the WC roster and I’m flaccid
No offense. But Roldan & Morris making the @USMNT WC roster is ridiculous. But what’s it matter?? Gregg the Egg and the #USMNT are going 3 and out! Laughable.
Other snubs that many felt were left off the roster were forwards Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu (Jordan Pefok) and Ricardo Pepi:
Steffen off the list probably means he has some type of injury where he won’t be 100% for the World Cup. But leaving either Pepi or Pefok off in favor of Jordan Morris is probably the biggest mistake in selecting this roster. #USMNT
Ricardo Pepi, John Brooks, Jordan Pefok and Zack Steffen did NOT make the USMNT World Cup roster.
I need to sit down.

I can’t believe Ricardo Pepi isn’t on this team.
Morris over Pepi may be the weirdest decision I have ever seen this man make, given the stakes, recent performances, and proof
Wow we have our biggest surprise

Ricardo Pepi left off the squad in favor of Haji Wright.

The 9s are Ferreira, Sargent and Wright

Pulisic, Reyna, Weah and Morris are wingers
Berhalter on Steffen/Pepi not making the roster:

“With the three GK’s listed on the roster, we feel great… We’re comfortable with that pairing.”

“In the case of Ricardo, it was a real difficult conversation to have with him… It’s more about who we did have.” #USMNT
Pefok not making it is my only legit gripe with this USMNT roster.
Among the disappointment there were a few fans that were somewhat pleased with Berhalter’s final choice:
Overall I’m happy with this roster!#USMNT
@USMNT Pretty good roster, but why are you taking FOUR right backs? FOUR Right Backs and three strikers? WTF?
 Now that the team has been assembled, next stop: Qatar.
Next stop: #Qatar2022 ✈️#USMNT x @budweiserusa
The USMNT will open the World Cup group play against Wales on Nov. 21, face off against England on the 25th and then close out the first round against Iran on the 29th.  


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