2022 USMNT Depth Chart

2022 USMNT Depth Chart for World Cup in Qatar

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is quickly approaching. Who will make the USMNT World Cup starting XI? Below is a 2022 USMNT depth chart of the USMNT soccer by position based on Gregg Berhalter’s starting XI line up. A 4-3-3 line up is expected for the starting 11.

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Predicted Starting Lineup USMNT XI

2022 USMNT Depth Chart Chasingacup.com and Underdog Soccer Podcast

The team of Marcus O’Malley, Matty Knips and Chris Kerr from Underdog Soccer Podcast put their aggregated top 5 list together to develop the above starting XI for 2022 USMNT World Cup Roster. 

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Last Updated:  May 2021

This remains an interesting position for 2021. Historically probably one of the more set positions in US soccer we now don’t know exactly what will happen. Steffen seems to have secured the leading role but with Berhalter so dependent on a keeper with foot skills he’ll need to develop to maintain the spot and his starting minutes will be challenged. He also only played two games for City, will sitting on the bench slow him down? Matt Turner continues to lead MLS as a shot-stopper and the fan club continues to grow. Ethan Horvath has Champions League experience was in great form until his team purchased a keeper from Liverpool and he’s been relegated to the bench. Free of his contract this summer a move is badly needed to revitalize his career. Sean Johnson continues to stay in the mix because of his foot skills. David Ochoa had a fantastic Olympic Qualifying opener and other young capable keepers still have an opportunity to make a push into this group.

Top 5

  1. Zack Steffen (Manchester City, EPL)
  2. Ethan Horvath (Brugge, Belgium Pro League)
  3. Matt Turner (NE, MLS)
  4. David Ochoa (RSL, MLS)
  5. Sean Johnson (NYFC, MLS)

Dest committed to the US and it changed everything, his successful move to Barcelona has only secured his role. Yedlin looked to have lost his depth spot at Newcastle, but a crucial and reinvigorated move to Turkish giant Galatasaray puts him squarely back in the mix. Reggie Cannon, who had a fantastic Gold Cup in 2019 has played well for Boavista in Portugal. Cannon and Yedlin will likely battle for the top backup role. Julian Araujo and a string of young players are rising to the challenge including the surprise move to Roma by Bryan Reynolds (former Cannon backup at FC Dallas). Reynolds has played for Roma and been called in a few times already by Berhalter. The youth have been developing and after Dest it’s competitive waters.

Top 5

  1. Sergiño Dest (Barcelona, La Liga)
  2. DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray, Süper Lig)
  3. Reggie Cannon (Boavista, Primeira Liga)
  4. Bryan Reynolds (Roma, Series A)
  5. Julian Araujo (Galaxy, MLS)

Robinson is a young speedy player who many have been crying for Berhalter to give more of a chance with his continued play in England’s Premier League. Sam Vines has seemed to be in Berhalter’s favor and has put in a fine MLS campaign to back the favor and offered some dangerous crosses in Olympic Qualifying. Bello had a nice MLS campaign and continues to draw interest on a poor Atlanta club, hopes to be on the rise as the club improves in 2021. Jonathan Gómez is young, but has made huge leaps at Louisville City this season and has a bright future in Europe in 2022. There are several young MLS players on the rise, Andrew Gutman has caught our attention with a fine 2021 start to the MLS season.

Top 5

  1. Antonee Robinson (Fulham, EPL)
  2. Sam Vines (Colorado, MLS)
  3. George Bello (Atlanta, MLS)
  4. Jonathan Gómez (Louisville City, USL)
  5. Andrew Gutman (NYRB, MLS)

John Brooks is the rock of this group and there are several names mentioned by fans and this group that could team with Brooks. Richards has long been supported by the pod, now with his loan getting a big supporting push from fans and pundits who have doubted where he stood. Underdog has him paired with Brooks in the starting XI. Mark McKenzie ranked next, looks like the left centerback capable of replacing Ream as Brooks’ backup. Matt Miazga had a great campaign and is a strong contender to stand next to Brooks. In all likelihood, a younger player like Erik Palmer-Brown or Cameron Carter-Vickers (great Championship campaign and rumored EPL target) could jump ahead on this 2022 USMNT depth chart with continued performance and increased challenges at better clubs. It’s certainly going to be an interesting lead up to 2022.

Top 10

  1. John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
  2. Chris Richards (Bayern Munich -> Hoffenheim, Bundesliga)
  3. Mark McKenzie (Genk, Belgium First Division A)
  4. Matt Miazga (Anderlecht, Belgium First Division A)
  5. Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City, EPL -> Austria Wien, Austrian Bundesliga)
  6. Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham, EPL -> Bournemouth, EFL)
  7. Walker Zimmerman (Nashville, MLS)
  8. Miles Robinson (Atlanta, MLS)
  9. Tim Ream (Fulham, English Championship)
  10. Justin Che (Bayern Munich II, 2 Bundesliga)

Tyler Adams has made his name at RB Leipzig and is well respected in the Bundesliga playing on one of the top teams in Bundesliga. There are some who think he may be the best player in our pool and our future captain, and the gap after him is enormous. Cardoso is an interesting candidate who is up and coming in the Brazilian league, but a poor performance in Olympic Qualfying at the #8 has increased his doubters. Otasowie was on our CB depth chart, but moves into our #6 rankings quickly since his recent run of play in the midfield. Yueill seems to be a leading candidate as backup for Berhalter and has support after a solid Olympic Qualifying performance. Kellyn Acosta in 2021 suddenly has added his name to the depth chart. After him, there are a number of young players.

Top 5

  1. Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig Bundesliga)
  2. Johnny Cardoso (Internacional, Brazil Series A)
  3. Owen Otasowie (Wolves, EPL)
  4. Jackson Yuiell (San Jose, MLS)
  5. Kellyn Acosta (Colorado, MLS)

Another interesting and deep position is the wingers. Pulisic is a global super-star beyond the bounds of “American”. He is competing in the UCL Championship this weekend and a key contributor at Chelsea. After him Morris (a great 2019) seemed to have earned the trust of Berhalter, but his injury has him out at least a year. Weah has looked fantastic in limited minutes off the bench since regaining his health but was a part of winning Ligue 1 with Lille. Brendan Aaronson, Gio Reyna and Yunus Musah were selected in other positions, but all three could be fantastic contributors and start for USMNT. Paul Arriola and Tyler Boyd are solid contributors and known entities, I’d expect at least one of them in the mix for many of Gregg’s rosters in the next year. Konrad de la Fuente has looked strong and was a starter in the European camp in November. Many are begging for a move, but he seems like he’s on the edge. Mueller, Saucedo, Llanez and Mighten are on a long list of young players hungry to break in as well.

Top 10

  1. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, EPL)
  2. Timothy Weah (Lille, Ligue 1)
  3. Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
  4. Tyler Boyd (Beşiktaş -> Sivasspor, Süper Lig)
  5. Chris Mueller (Orlando, MLS)
  6. Paul Arriola (DC, MLS)
  7. Cade Cowell (San Jose, MLS)
  8. Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
  9. Bofo Saucedo (Pumas, Liga MX)
  10. Alex Mighten (Nottingham Forrest, EFL)

This position is strange because the #8 and #10 can often be interchanged and are often used as essentially dual #8s or #10s. McKennie has been on an unreal level since his move to Juventus, but there are many players knocking on the door behind him. Leader of which is Yunus Musah an intriguing dual national who seems interested in the US. Musah can also play the wing or next to McKennie. Green continues to be on fire scoring goals and scored a game-winner to lead his club back to the Bundesliga. Luca de la Torre, long forgotten by many Americans has emerged and appears to be in Berhalter’s views. He’s played well for both club and country and looks to be a strong candidate to break into this group. Pleas for Williamson to be included in the Olympic Qualifying squad went unheard, but he has rung the bell this season in MLS making a case for consideration.

Top 5

  1. Weston McKennie (Juventus, Series A)
  2. Yunus Musah (Valencia CF. La Liga)
  3. Julian Green (Greuther Fürth, 2  Bundesliga)
  4. Luca de la Torre (Heracles, Eredivisie)
  5. Eryk Williamson (Portland, MLS)

Josh Sargant is a regular Bundesliga striker on a terrible Werder Bremen. He has lacked goals and scoring opportunities which had USMNT fans rumbling of replacing him. His club relegated, many expect a transfer this summer which might do him well. Daryl Dike stock and advocates continue to rise and with a much stronger case after an extremely impressive loan in which he dominated the Championship. The 2022 USMNT depth chart after (and including) these top two is murky at best. Zardes has seen a drop in performance but has a bit more consistency than his other striker peers. He may not last on this list with the rise of young talent behind him. Jordan Siebatcheau has shown well and earned a permanent transfer to Young Boys and Matthew Hoppe surprised many being the first American to ever score a hattrick in the Bundesliga. The unfortunate relegation for Schalke might mean more goals or a possible transfer in his future. Sebastian Soto or Haji Wright and a slew of other European-based forwards along with Pepi in MLS could challenge on this list.

Top 5

  1. Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
  2. Daryl Dike (Orlando, MLS -> Barnsley, EFL Championship)
  3. Gyasi Zardes (Columbus, MLS)
  4. Jordan Siebatcheau (Young Boys, Swiss Super League)
  5. Matthew Hoppe (Schalke, 2 Bundesliga)

Very similar to the #8 this group is oozing with potential, but few established names. Gio Reyna is the best young prospect in the USMNT and is ranked highly among global youth prospects. He could easily play the #10 or at the wing as some prefer. After him, Brendan Aaronson has been fantastic for RB Salzburg albeit on the wing since his December transfer from Philadelphia. Caden Clark continues to impress since returning to play with MLS side NYRB and has appeared on the scorer’s sheet a few times so far this season. Lletget has been a regular for Gregg, while a wealth of youth in Holland and MLS are hungry for an opportunity in the crest. Gianluca Busio playing in a deeper role has done fantastic for SKC, re-emerging as a top future American prospect with European interest. An exciting young group and Richy Ledezma expected back to challenge in the future.

Top 5

  1. Gio Reyna (Dortmund, Bundesliga)
  2. Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg, Austrian Bundesliga)
  3. Caden Clark (NYRB, MLS)
  4. Sebastian Lletget (Galaxy, MLS)
  5. Gianluca Busio (Kansas City, MLS)