The World Cup is fast approaching. 

The United States men’s national team kicked off preparations for the international tournament during the June window, hosting Morocco and Uruguay before turning to the Concacaf Nations League. Head coach Gregg Berhalter experimented with lineups, keeping players alert that their spot on the World Cup roster is not guaranteed. 

While Ricardo Pepi originally looked to be the USMNT’s solution for the number 9 role, he now failed to receive a call up as Berhalter claimed to be “resting” the player. FC Dallas figure Jesus Ferreira has since emerged as the frontrunner, connecting with Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah up top during the friendlies in a bid to cement his role. 

But after failing to find the back of the net in two consecutive games, concerns persist.

“It was more of the finishing attacks phase of the game that we struggled in. We got the ball into really good positions and then just didn’t take advantage of that,” said Berhalter after the Uruguay draw. 



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