2026 World Cup (very) early roster predictions

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by xbhaskarx, Dec 5, 2022.

  1. RossD

    RossD Member

    Aug 17, 2013
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    You gotta think with the bigger field and thus more games, it makes sense to keep the larger roster.
     
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  2. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Axel Kei will be 18 in the summer of 2026, Cavan Sullivan will be a few months away from 17



     
  3. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    26 roster with 5 subs is awesome, actually!
     
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  4. nbarbour

    nbarbour Member+

    Jun 19, 2006
    Washington DC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Is Paredes a winger now? I really like hit at LB.
     
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  5. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Malik Tillman is undoubtedly talented but perhaps a little soft in terms of mentality, hopefully being snubbed from the 2022 roster helps develop a killer instinct in him...

    The answer probably depends on if you ask USMNT fans (LB) or Wolfsburg coaches (winger)... as US fans let's hope Wolfsburg tries him at LB.
     
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  6. TrustingtheProcess

    Philadelphia Union
    United States
    Jun 11, 2021
    Philadelphia, USA
    I'm not going to try to put a roster out there right now, but it is really exciting that there are really so many reasonable names that I wouldn't be surprised at all to be playing at a top 5 league level (or comparable) in 3.5 years. Not to mention I would think there will be a couple guys I haven't heard of yet. Exciting to see who emerges (and who fades away honestly).

    My one big prediction is that a Union homegrown will start at centerback for us. Think its gonna be Craig, but will phrase it like this so I can take credit with McKenzie or Trusty.
     
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  7. jond

    jond Member+

    Sep 28, 2010
    Club:
    Levski Sofia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's such a crap shoot. Reyna and Musah were academy players in 2018 and now look where they are. They hadn't yet moved to Germany and Spain respectively. I mean Musah was still in the Arsenal academy in 2018.

    One thing I will wager though is Weah will not be our starting RW in 2026. And no I don't say that because Puli will be at RW. Weah will not be a starting attacker for us.
     
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  8. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't know why these accounts are so fascinated by "in Europe"...
    Let's see how relevant Marlon Fossey, Matthew Olosunde, Sam Rogers, and Kik Pierie are over the next four years... compared to say John Tolkin, Josh Wynder, Brandon Craig, and Caleb Wiley.

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  9. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Yup. A pool changes an enormous amount in four years.
    Its essentially a lost cause to predict these things.

    ................but fun nonetheless!

    [In 2018, who had Jesus Ferreira starting a round of 16 WC game against Holland? He wasn't even a US citizen at the time.]
     
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  10. FC Tallavana

    FC Tallavana Member+

    Jul 1, 2004
    La Quinta
    I believe Weah is more likely to be our starting striker than he is to not be in the starting lineup at all.
     
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  11. Gacm32

    Gacm32 Member+

    Chelsea
    Switzerland
    Nov 28, 2010
    Geneva
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
  12. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Wussconsin
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So Berhalter gets to have 4 right backs, and I can't even have 3 left backs?

    He can play both. I didn't want to concede either him or Tolkin. I might ideally have another CM. But I don't feel strongly about any of the deep-lying guys. I have Pomykal as a 6 convert.
     
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  13. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why do you say that? It looks pretty decent to me....

    A way-too-early look at the USMNT depth chart for 2026 World Cup

    under CBs, I had not even heard of these two

    2. Grayson Dettoni (20). He's already 6-foot-4 and has been in the Bayern Munich pipeline for a while. What else do you need to know?

    5. Tyler Hall (20). A product of Inter Miami, the 16-year-old is already in the US U17 and MLS Next Pro rotations. Major potential here.
     
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  14. rgli13

    rgli13 Member+

    Mar 23, 2005
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    23 not including dual nats

    gk matt turner, 32, arsenal
    gk gaga slonina, 22, chelsea
    gk i dont care about third gks
    rb sergino dest, 26, barcelona
    rb joe scally, 23, monchengladbach
    cb chris richards, 26, crystal palace
    cb miles robinson, 29, atlanta fc
    cb mark mckenzie, 27, frc genk
    cb erik palmer-brown, 29, troyes
    lb antonee robinson, 29, fulham
    lb john tolkin, 23, nyrb
    dm tyler adams, 27, leeds
    dm yunus musah, 23, valencia
    dm eryk williamson, 29, portland timbers
    dm paxton pomykal, 26, fc dallas
    dm leon flach, 25, philadelphia union
    am christian pulisic, 28, chelsea
    am weston mckennie, 28, juventus
    am gio reyna, 24, dortmund
    am brendan aaronson, 26, leeds
    st tim weah, 26, lille
    st daryl dike, 26, west brom
    st ricardo pepi, 23, augsburg


    add if 26 man roster

    dm jack mcglynn, 23, philadelphia union
    am taylor booth, 25, utrect
    am malik tillman, 24, bayern


    dual nats

    lb jonathan gomez, 23, real sociedad (for tolkin)
    dm amir richardson, 24, le havre (for mcglynn)


    eta: i listed thier ages in 26 and parent clubs because i pulled this from another post
     
  15. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
  16. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  17. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    That seems like the author knows that there are likely current 16 year olds that'll be 20 year old USMNTers four years from now......................and picked two at semi-random. There's nothing to suggest those particular two are likelier than many others.

    He could have picked Cruz Medina/Aaron Heard instead and had just as much chance of being right.
     
  18. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
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  19. dspence2311

    dspence2311 Member+

    Oct 14, 2007
    Hard to opine on this without knowing who the manager is. If it's Berhalter, you have to like the chances of defensive minded forwards and midfielders and offensive minded fullbacks. And you'd have to dismiss the chances of our deep young pool of talented CAMs. [See my other thread on this, which everyone agrees with because no one has posted on it :)]

    So ...

    At FB it's a plus for Vines, Gomez, Bello, Cannon, and Moore. I would argue it's a negative for Scally and Tolkin.

    At midfield it's a big negative for Reyna, Tillman, P. Aaronson, and Ledezma.

    At striker it's a negative for Pefok, Dike, Vasquez, and Hoppe, and a plus for JF, Pepi, and Sarge.
     
  20. grandinquisitor28

    Feb 11, 2002
    Nevada
    Anybody including Alejandro Zendejas amongst the wingers? It definitely sounds like Berhalter and the guys have him lined up to come in for 2023. He started breaking out in Mexico for first Necaxa and later Club America in the fall of '21 as a 23 year old, and has scored 17 and assisted on 4 in the last 1.5 seasons in 3500 minutes or so. Could be a very interesting depth guy for wing forward for us. He played for our U15 and U17 teams during the Pulisic era, logging minutes at the '15 U17 world cup and scoring it looks like 6 goals in his time there before moving to Mexico.

    Not quite sure what went sideways w/him with Mexico, especially as his career is starting to blossom, but it does seem like he was basically not recruited effectively, and was assumed to be a lock by their brass, the opposite approach of Berhalter.
     
  21. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Would be 21 in 2026…






     
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  22. Boysinblue

    Boysinblue Member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here are the profiles I wanted to have in a 23/26 man squad; I kept the names I thought most likely to stay and are in almost all projections. This would allow us to play either a 433 or 4231 and tweak things to arrive at the other formation if necessary tactically.

    ST(2): 2 well rounded forwards
    WG(4): Pulisic, B. Aaronson, 2 traditional wingers (preferably at least one leftie)
    CM(4): Reyna, Musah, McKennie, 1 technical player who can slot in next to Adams in a 4231 like Roca
    DM(2): Adams, 1 Adams type(if Adams gets injured don't want to have to change too much about the way we play)
    FB(4): A. Robinson, Scally, Dest, 1 LB who has better technical ability than Antonee
    CB(4): Richards, at least 1 other starter who has good recovery speed, wins headers, and can play out of the back, 2 backups who at least have the former 2 characteristics
    GK(3): Turner, Horvath, 1 more goalkeeper

    And if its 26 add 1 more tough energetic Musah/McKennie type, 1 target forward, and… 1 vibes guy? Maybe a CB in case we want to go 3/5 ATB (I’ll just stick a talented guy I like)

    Filling it in, made one change from the template (I like Niko too much I ended up swapping him and Timo between the 23 and 26 man rosters and had to shift Gio). Bolded are the holdovers, in parenthesis are the players' birth years.

    ST(2): Pepi(03), Sargent(00)
    WG(4): Pulisic(98), Reyna(02), B. Aaronson(00), Paredes(03)
    CM(4): Musah(02), McKennie(98), Tsakiris(05), Booth(01)
    DM(2): Adams(99), Soma(06)
    FB(4): Tolkin(02), A. Robinson(97), Scally(02), Dest(00)
    CB(4): Richards(00), M. Robinson(97), Palmer-Brown(97), Trusty(99)
    GK(3): Turner(95), Slonina(04), Horvath(95)

    And if its 26 add Wright(98), Weah(00), and Cremaschi(05)
    Just missed: Vazquez(98), Gutierrez(03), P. Aaronson(03), Ledezma(00), Tillman(01), A. Morris(01), Gomez(03), Carter-Vickers(97), Sands(00), McKenzie(99), Zimmerman(93)

    - The 23 man roster has 12 holdovers from 2022 and 26 man roster has 14 which seems a little high(for comparison 2010 had 9 and 2014 had 8), but I'm having a hard time ditching more players, it was hard enough letting go of Weah from the 23 man roster.
    - Any ~05 and younger in 2026 would need to be playing at Tyler Adams 2018/Brendan Aaronson 2020/Ricardo Pepi 2021 levels for at least 9 months in MLS; I don’t watch youth prospects enough to say anyone is on track to do so. Soma is already in Europe and Tsakiris has a European passport and playing significant minutes in MLS so they're decent shouts. I haven’t seen enough of any others (Fletcher, Medina, Kei, Carrizo, etc) to add them, Cremaschi barely makes it in the Musah/McKennie backup role since Pomykal's injury history scares me off, and I’m not sure if Alvarado has a high enough ceiling.
    - Having a hard time with CBs, like Richards and Miles but after that...I dunno. Trusty feels like a flavor of the month kinda pick since its only been a half season so far at Birmingham, but I believe in his talent and EPB’s talent. Carter-Vickers plays it pretty safe with his passes and isn’t great in the air, McKenzie too(6’0”) and so far has been error prone for the full nats, Zimmerman is probably still going to be in MLS and ideally at least 4 CBs would have surpassed him in 4 years, and Sands doesn’t fit the bill but is versatile which could be valuable for spot #26. CCV seems a little under hyped, given EPL teams were rumored to be interested in him while on loan at Celtic.
    - Soma might not have the engine Tyler has but the other options left me with him. I like Aidan Morris a lot whenever I see him play and he's a decent Adams facsimile but I’m just not sure about his ceiling(or Edelman's or Flach's ceilings), don’t like any of the other DMs enough either, I haven’t seen Johnny play since Bosnia but what I have seen isn’t great, sounds like he isn’t playing as a DM in his recent resurgence anyways.
    - I first made this list when bored at work at the beginning of the year sometime and have slowly been changing it(swapping CBs, swapping one of the CM spots with Weah and dropping Reyna back to CM), but Booth has always been there, first because I thought he could be a more technical #6 like Berhalter wanted, now watching him at Utrecht that seems like a waste
    - Paredes is the only major left footed winger I know of in the picture

    Added the mammoth explanation so that 3.5 years from now when I see my prediction again I won’t go to myself: Why the hell did I go Auston Trusty, Pedro Soma, and Benjamin Cremaschi??
     
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  23. dspence2311

    dspence2311 Member+

    Oct 14, 2007
    I like this approach. I bet Gomez>Tolkien by then. But I like this.
     
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  24. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    -----------------Sargent----------
    --------Weah----Pulisic----Dest---
    ----------Adams------Musah----
    --Jedi--------------------------Reynolds--
    ---------Trusty--------Richards---
    ------------------Turner----

    Vazquez, Dike, Wright, Reyna, Aaronson, Mihailovic, Cowell, Booth, McKennie, Johnny, McKenzie, EPB, Gomez, Scally, Slonina, Horvath
     
  25. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This gives a good idea of the current pool for 2026: Matt Doyle does 2024 squads for Copa America and Olympics... he forgot a few guys (Malik Tillman, Johnny Cardoso) and left off a bunch of others that he addresses in the replies (Dike, Mendez, Parks, Busio, Luna, A Morris, Vines, Gressel, Glad etc.)



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