As the 2022 World Cup fast approaches, U.S. men’s national team players continue to fight for their spot on the roster. 

At right-back, Reggie Cannon and Sergino Dest are going head-to-head to prove themselves to head coach Gregg Berhalter and secure their ticket to Qatar. Joe Scally and DeAndre Yedlin are also in the running. But the players insist the intense battle for the position does not take away from their friendship off the field. 

“Sergiño is not currently playing in this camp, but he’s messaging me. That type of camaraderie within the group kind of helps us compete,” said Cannon during a media availability ahead of the Concacaf Nations League match against Grenada. 

“Sergiño and I are in the same position. We’re competing for a World Cup spot, we’re competing for a World Cup roster spot, but that doesn’t mean that the relationship has to deteriorate.”

Dest remains sidelined after picking up a hamstring injury in late April while on duty with FC Barcelona, keeping him out of USMNT involvement. Despite his limited time with the national team, Dest continues to be the projected frontrunner for the position with several others not too far behind.  

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