The Valencia midfielder is the only player who did not play in the victory over Mexico and Honduras
Greg Berhalt explained the decision to exclude Yunus Moussa from the two Central American and Caribbean Nations League victories of the U.S. Men’s National Team, as well as providing goalkeeper Zach Stefan. The latest situation of the injury.
Moussa is the only available USMNT outfielder who did not appear in the team’s win over Honduras and Mexico. These two games will officially link this midfielder to the US team.
Now, he will almost certainly have to wait until autumn to play, but Berhalt said that the Valencia star is responding calmly and is expected to face Costa Rica on Wednesday.
What did Berhalt say?
“This is a tactical decision,” USWNT boss Berhalt said of Moussa’s omission. “He is an important part of our work. He is an 18-year-old young player. In these special games, we have chosen different things. I don’t think this means that he is not part of the team. He is like this. We count on a person, and we count on the future.
“We hope to let him participate in these games in the right way, let him see the speed of the game, let him get used to the North American and Caribbean games, and see this on the sidelines, but he is ready for tomorrow’s game. We look forward to him having an important game tomorrow.”
“He is ready,” Berhalt added. “He understands this is a team. This year he has had enough relations with Valencia. He understands that sometimes you can’t play, but we have a lot of communication with him and he is ready. For young players , Not playing football has never been an easy task. “On the field, but he is very patient, he accepted the team’s philosophy, he is ready to play tomorrow. “
Steffen played in Costa Rica friendly
Before the friendly match on Thursday, this is the last game for most of the group before the World Cup qualifiers this fall. The United States will not have their starting goalkeeper Stephen, who was injured in the match against Mexico.
The Manchester City goalkeeper was forced out of the field in the second half, Ethan Horvath made a penalty save by Andres Guardado and became the hero of the USMNT.
On Tuesday, Berhalt revealed that Stephen and defender Brian Reynolds will miss the game against Costa Rica due to the same injuries.
Berhalt said: “They all have bone bruises on their knees, and the injury time is about 10 days.” “They are recovering and getting better, but they will not be able to participate in the game.”
Berhalt also revealed that defender Matt Miazga had left the camp to celebrate his wedding and was replaced by Nashville SC defender Walker Zimmerman.