USMNT World Cup 2022 roster: Predicted lineup vs Netherlands and star players

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The USMNT is at the World Cup for the 11th time in their history, back after they failed to qualify for the 2018 edition in Russia altogether.

Gregg Berhalter and his men will be desperate to make amends for that performance by going far in Qatar and they sure have the talent to spring a surprise.

They've already cleared the first hurdle, escaping from a group that included England, Wales and Iran. And they escaped without a loss, making them one of only five teams at this World Cup to avoid tasting defeat so far.

Their reward? A match against one of the other five: the Netherlands. It will be a tough test for a young U.S. group that will still have reason to believe after, at times, dominating in the group stage.

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  • Matt Turner Arsenal 2022Getty

    GOALKEEPERS

    Zack Steffen was surprisingly left out, giving Matt Turner a clear path to start. Berhalter had preferred the Manchester City keeper, who is currently on loan at Middlesbrough, before injury issues gave Arsenal's summer signing an opportunity.

    And Turner has justified the decision since arriving in Qatar, having not given up a goal from open play in the tournament's first three games. The only goal scored against him came from the penalty spot as Gareth Bale finished after being fouled in the box.

    Other than that, Turner has been faultless, even with his often-criticized distribution.

    Sean Johnson and Ethan Horvath have had the back-up responsibilities.

    Name

    Club

    Matt Turner

    Arsenal

    Sean Johnson

    New York City

    Ethan Horvath

    Luton Town

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    DEFENDERS

    A few months ago, few would have imagined the U.S. looking like this.

    One reason is the resurgence of Tim Ream, a player that wasn't even involved in qualifying. Now, the Fulham man is undroppable, having started all three games in the group stage.

    He's been paired with both Walker Zimmerman and Cameron Carter-Vickers, with the former starting the first two group stage games and the latter getting the nod against Iran.

    As for the fullbacks, it's been as expected, although the performances have been better than most could have imagined as both Sergino Dest and Antonee Robinson have taken their games to new heights.

    Name

    Club

    DeAndre Yedlin

    Inter Miami

    Walker Zimmerman

    Nashville

    Aaron Long

    New York Red Bulls

    Sergino Dest

    AC Milan

    Joe Scally

    Borussia Monchengladbach

    Cameron Carter-Vickers

    Celtic

    Antonee Robinson

    Fulham

    Tim Ream

    Fulham

    Shaq Moore

    Nashville

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    MIDFIELDERS

    Yunus Musah, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams have started all three games, with Adams, in particular, establishing himself as the team's most important player.

    Brenden Aaronson has been the first sub off the bench while Kellyn Acosta has also been involved as a substitute.

    But the MMA midfielder remains untouched and could very well be together for years to come.

    Name

    Club

    Yunus Musah

    Valencia

    Cristian Roldan

    Seattle Sounders

    Kellyn Acosta

    Los Angeles

    Weston McKennie

    Juventus

    Tyler Adams

    Leeds United

    Luca de la Torre

    Celta Vigo

    Brendan Aaronson

    Leeds United

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    ATTACKERS

    Chelsea star Pulisic has lead the USMNT attack at the World Cup in Qatar, even if the versatile attacker has been struggling somewhat at club level.

    Pulisic has a goal and an assist, with the goal being the one that fired the U.S. to a 1-0 win over Iran. He did pick up an injury in the scoring of that goal, though, as Pulisic suffered a pelvis injury that could impact his game against the Netherlands.

    His assist, meanwhile, came on the USMNT's only other goal of the group stage, a finish from Tim Weah, who has started all three games.

    Up top, the U.S. has started both Josh Sargent and Haji Wright, although the former is dealing with an ankle injury.

    One surprise, though, has been Gio Reyna, or rather the lack of Gio Reyna. He's featured just once off the bench after being seen as a likely starter pre-tournament.

    Name

    Club

    Christian Pulisic

    Chelsea

    Jordan Morris

    Seattle Sounders

    Josh Sargent

    Norwich City

    Jesus Ferreira

    FC Dallas

    Giovanni Reyna

    Dortmund

    Timothy Weah

    Lille

    Haji Wright

    Antalyaspor

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    USMNT STAR PLAYERS

    Adams has no doubt been the USMNT's best player in Qatar, having proven himself worthy of being hailed as one of the premier young defensive midfielders in the game. In every situation, Adams has been there, dominating all three games while Leeds look like geniuses for signing him this summer.

    In the attack, Weah has been the standout, although Pulisic remains the main man. The Chelsea star's injury status is a concern but, if he plays, the U.S. will be a much more dangerous team.

    And defensively, keep an eye on Ream, the 35-year-old veteran central defender that has come from nowhere to be a vital piece of this U.S. group.

  • Weston McKennie USMNT Iran 2022 World CupGetty Images

    STRONGEST XI

    With Turner in goal, Berhalter is likely looking at a back-four of Dest, Zimmerman, Ream and Robinson in front of the Arsenal goalkeeper for the Netherlands match.

    Musah, Adams and McKennie should form the most solid midfield base, behind the attacking trio of Weah, Sargent and Pulisic, if the latter two are deemed healthy.

    That leaves the likes of Reyna and Aaronson on the bench, with the creative trio a great option to come on and make a difference late in the game.

    USA XI (4-3-3): Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson; Musah, Adams, McKennie; Weah, Sargent, Pulisic

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    NOTABLE ABSENTEES

    Crystal Palace defender Chris Richard's World Cup dreams came to an abrupt end in early November as he announced the leg injury he suffered in late August would keep him out of the tournament.

    PlayerClubReason
    Chris RichardsCrystal PalaceInjury
    Miles RobinsonAtlanta UnitedInjury
    Sam VinesAntwerpInjury
    Ricardo PepiGroningen/AugsburgManager's decision
    Jordan PefokUnion BerlinManager's decision
    Zack SteffenMiddlesbrough/Manchester CityManager's decision