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Top 50 players in the USMNT player pool: Never a better time for the program

U.S. Soccer called up 23 players for the USMNT’s CONCACAF Nations League semifinal and another 22 for Olympic training camp this week, with three more players joining the fray after injuries to Josh Sargent, Luca de la Torre, and Gaga Slonina.

The group of Olympic hopefuls wasn’t simply the next 22 up given the age restrictions on Olympic rosters, but it’s still relatively wild to read the names of players who aren’t among those 48 players given that this United States national team program wasn’t even regularly qualifying for the World Cup until the 1990s.

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Cameron Carter-Vickers misses out after a minor injury suffered as arguably the best player on Scotland’s best club team, Celtic FC. Also injured is Lennard Maloney, a close to full-time starter for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, while Utrecht winger Taylor Booth has been out for about a month after scoring five times in an Eredivisie week.

Sheffield United may be a 20th-place Premier League side, but Auston Trusty is a regular starter on a club in the top division in world football. And Brandon Vazquez has eight goals in 13 appearances for Liga MX side Monterrey. Players like John Brooks (Hoffenheim), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC), Erik Palmer-Brown (Panathinaikos), Richy Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven) are out of the mix for various reasons but would’ve been shoo-ins for so many previous squads.

We’ve often power ranked the USMNT’s pool as a Top 25, but instead let’s use this international break to rank the Top 50 players in the USMNT player pool. Be gentle with us.

Top 25 50 players in the USMNT player pool right now

Before we go any further with this list, here’s a reminder of how we sort the talent with 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, Paxton Aaronson is a better long-term prospect than Jordan Morris, but the Seattle Sounders forward is currently better prepared for the stage than the Philadelphia Union youngster.

Finally, if you’re breaking a tie between players… ask which you’d be more upset to hear was unavailable for a USMNT camp.

  1. Christian Pulisic, AC Milan

  2. Weston McKennie, Juventus

  3. Yunus Musah, AC Milan

  4. Antonee Robinson, Fulham

  5. Tyler Adams, Bournemouth

  6. Sergino Dest, PSV Eindhoven

  7. Timothy Weah, Juventus

  8. Johnny Cardoso, Real Betis

  9. Giovanni Reyna, Nottingham Forest

  10. Folarin Balogun, AS Monaco

  11. Tim Ream, Fulham

  12. Luca de la Torre, Celta Vigo

  13. Cameron Carter-Vickers, Celtic

  14. Matt Turner, Nottingham Forest

  15. Chris Richards, Crystal Palace

  16. Ricardo Pepi, PSV Eindhoven

  17. Josh Sargent, Norwich City

  18. Malik Tillman, PSV Eindhoven

  19. Joe Scally, Borussia Monchengladbach

  20. Haji Wright, Coventry City

  21. Ethan Horvath, Cardiff City

  22. Walker Zimmerman, Nashville SC

  23. Gianluca Busio, Venezia

  24. Kevin Paredes, Wolfsburg

  25. Brenden Aaronson, Union Berlin

  26. Auston Trusty, Sheffield United

  27. Lennard Maloney, Heidenheim

  28. Kristoffer Lund, Palermo

  29. Brandon Vazquez, Monterrey

  30. Miles Robinson, FC Cincinnati

  31. Mark McKenzie, Genk

  32. Gaga Slonina, Eupen

  33. John Brooks, Hoffenheim

  34. Jesus Ferreira, FC Dallas

  35. Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders

  36. Esmir Bajraktarevic, New England Revolution

  37. Tanner Tessman, Venezia

  38. Taylor Booth, Utrecht

  39. James Sands, NYCFC

  40. Bryan Reynolds, Westerlo

  41. Aidan Morris, Columbus Crew

  42. Cade Cowell, Chivas

  43. Erik Palmer-Brown, Panathinaikos

  44. Matt Miazga, FC Cincinnati

  45. Julian Gressel, Inter Miami

  46. Djordje Mihailovic, Colorado Rapids

  47. Caleb Wiley, Atlanta United

  48. Cristian Roldan, Seattle Sounders

  49. Brian White, Vancouver Whitecaps

  50. Zack Steffen, Colorado Rapids


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