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Thursday marks a return to game action for the United States men’s national team, as the Christian Pulisic-less Yanks take on Wales.
It also marks exactly one year since our first rankings of the players in the USMNT pool hit ProSoccerTalk. There was a pandemic pause, restart of one season, and beginning of another before our second, and it’s been just under two months since our third.
In theory, there will be less tumult this go around, even with the wild changes in the roster due to Gregg Berhalter’s recruitment of dual nationals and call-ups of a very young squad.
Before we go any further, how do we sort out our Top 25? Here are some ground rules:
• The ranking is meant to illustrate who would be most likely to positively affect a USMNT match, regardless of manager or teammates, right now.
• Health doesn’t matter to our rankings if a current injury isn’t one that could drastically alter the player’s skill set moving forward.
• Age/potential/experience doesn’t matter either, at least not much; It’s how likely you are to contribute to the team if put on the field right now. Obviously Konrad de la Fuente is a better long-term prospect than Tim Ream, but the Fulham center back is currently better prepared for the stage than the Barcelona youth.
2. Weston McKennie, Juventus (3) — When healthy, he’s been chosen over Barca transfer Arthur at every turn. Didn’t see that coming. Read from source….