U.S. males’s nationwide staff gamers Weston McKennie, Zack Steffen and Antonee Robinson aren’t touring to Panama for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier, U.S. Soccer confirmed on Friday.
As an alternative, all three gamers can be flying from Austin, Texas, the place the American facet defeated Jamaica 2-0, to Columbus, Ohio forward of the final October qualifiers in opposition to Costa Rica on Wednesday.
Manchester Metropolis goalkeeper Steffen and Fulham defender Robinson won’t journey to Panama to keep away from quarantine upon returning to their respective golf equipment within the U.Ok.
Panama continues to be on the UK’s ‘red-list’, which means any particular person touring there should isolate themselves in a bubble for 10 days when returning to the nation. Gamers can be unable to coach and take part in any membership exercise throughout that interval.
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter made it clear that he agrees with abandoning Steffen and Robinson, including “we don’t suppose it is smart for Zack or Antonee to journey there in the event that they must quarantine for 10 days on the again finish.”
New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner will sub in for Steffen.
Weston McKennie, however, is lacking the match on account of soreness in his proper quad. The Juventus midfielder performed the whole lot of Thursday’s match in opposition to Jamaica however walked away with an harm concern. The MRI taken on Friday confirmed no tear or pressure, however the severity of the ache proved sufficient to take a seat out the Panama recreation.
U.S. Soccer confirmed all different 23 gamers on the USMNT can be touring to Panama on Friday. In addition they revealed that any potential points concerning entry to the nation for absolutely or partially unvaccinated members of the staff touring social gathering have been ‘resolved’.
The feedback come after Berhalter instructed reporters that one participant had acquired just one dose of his Covid-19 vaccine, whereas one other participant was not vaccinated in any respect.