USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed Weston McKennie and Antonee Robinson underwent health checks on Tuesday to find out their eligibility for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier match towards Costa Rica.
Neither participant traveled to Panama for Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Canaleros.
Juventus midfielder McKennie was dominated out attributable to a quadricep damage he picked up within the earlier match towards Jamaica, flying on to Columbus to obtain additional remedy.
“He pushed it slightly bit yesterday, and the indicators are he is making progress,” mentioned Berhalter about McKennie. “However we’ll must see right this moment in coaching.”
The group initially said Fulham’s Antonee Robinson averted the Central American nation to evade quarantine upon returning to the UK, however the participant later confirmed in a press convention he confronted ‘slightly subject’ along with his knee.
Whereas he remained optimistic in saying, “I’ve had the prospect to get better and get myself again in form for the following sport,” Berhalter maintained a practical outlook. When requested concerning the involvement of both participant in Wednesday’s match, the top coach replied firmly.
“Proper now, we do not have sufficient data to make that call,” he mentioned.
The U.S. will face an skilled Costa Rican aspect with goalkeeper Keylor Navas and midfielders Celso Borges and Bryan Ruiz on the roster. Whereas ahead Joel Cambell is sidelined with an ankle damage, the crew has maintained a fifth place place solely two factors behind the People.
“This can be a group that is been collectively for a very long time, and there is definitely strengthen in that, and there is definitely a bonus to that,” mentioned Berhalter about Costa Rica.
“For us, it is simply the alternative. We’re a younger, up-and-coming crew, and now we have to make use of that to our benefit.We missed a possibility to get, at minimal, a degree in that sport. And that is one thing that we remorse and we’re disenchanted with.
“For us, it is about getting again to what we do effectively, and that is motion off the ball. All the pieces we talked about pre-Jamaica sport is strictly what’s again on the stage now.”
Berhalter initially took full accountability and blame for the outcome towards Panama after making seven line up modifications, however later admitted to having no regrets.
“We imagine in each single participant on this squad, and I do not remorse in any second taking part in that lineup,” he mentioned. “I remorse extra our efficiency, and among the attacking changes we may have made in that sport to be extra cell, to be transferring extra, however not personnel.”
The U.S. stands in second place with eight factors in 5 video games, however the margins stay tight. Panama is tied with eight factors, whereas Canada holds seven and Costa Rica six.