USMNT predicted lineup vs Jamaica – CONCACAF Nations League semifinal

For all intents and functions, the USMNT’s 2026 World Cup cycle kicks off on Thursday (7 pm ET), as Gregg Berhalter and Co., tackle Jamaica within the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals in Arlington, Texas.

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That is the primary recreation of a really busy, and maybe very telling, five-month stretch between now and the tip of summer season. First, it is continental superiority and the prospect to win the third of three Nations League trophies on the road, adopted by high-level friendlies to prepare for Copa America 2024. For the following 5 months, these are necessary video games they usually matter.

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With that in thoughts, let us take a look at who Berhalter is more likely to decide in his beginning XI to face Jamaica, because the USMNT reaches the midway mark to the following World Cup…

USMNT projected lineup vs Jamaica

— Turner —

— Scally — Richards — M. Robinson — A. Robinson —

— Musah — Cardoso — McKennie —

— Weah — Balogun — Pulisic —

The logic behind the lineup

There’s little to debate alongside the backline — maybe Sergiño Dest over Joe Scally at proper again, if he wasn’t suspended, however that must be nearly it — as Chris Richards establishes himself as an everyday starter within the Premier League for Crystal Palace (19 appearances, 16 begins – 1,462 PL minutes) and Miles Robinson continues to provide Berhalter no purpose to look elsewhere on the different middle again spot.

In midfield, it might be Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah and Weston McKennie, if not for Adams solely simply getting back from 11 months out injured final weekend. He is seemingly not but near 90- and even 60-minutes match — however he must be by Copa America this summer season, fingers crossed — thus presenting Johnny Cardoso an enormous alternative to show himself in a aggressive fixture for the USMNT.

Cardoso has hit the bottom operating since becoming a member of La Liga facet Actual Betis from Internacional (Brazil) for $6.3 million in January. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder has appeared in 9 of 11 video games (eight begins) since making his debut, towards Barcelona, on Jan. 21. Cardoso scored his first purpose for Betis towards Athletic Bilbao final month and likewise chipped in a pair of assists in his final 5 video games. For the primary time in a very long time, it does not really feel just like the sky is falling simply because Adams is not obtainable. In a super world, it is 60 minutes for Cardoso and 30 for Adams in every of two video games this worldwide window, placing him into competition for his first begin for Bournemouth because the run-in begins.

Not a lot thriller up prime both, as followers and media alike are inclined to overthink issues like kind or ways, however the fact is that the supervisor has his most well-liked gamers and once they’re match, they are going to play. That goes for each one in all Christian Pulisic, Folarin Balogun and Timothy Weah today. Ricardo Pepi, Josh Sargent and Haji Wright are all vying for no matter minutes there are available as a striker off the bench.

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