U.S. Men’s National Team fans will have to wait another few months for a chance to see AMP – Adams, McKennie and Pulisic – playing together on the field in the red, white and blue.
U.S. Soccer announced Sunday that Weston McKennie and Luca De La Torre had both been released from the USMNT squad. McKennie has a left hamstring injury and has returned to Schalke to recover, while de la Torre stayed in London after the USMNT match against England to resume training with his club side Fulham and their new coach Claudio Ranieri. The USMNT squad stands at 24 ahead of Tuesday’s match against Italy in Genk, Belgium.
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Losing McKennie is a big blow to a young USMNT side that is looking to gain experience against big European nations, and if Thursday’s 3-0 defeat to England showed anything, it’s that even after 12 months, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of chemistry within the squad between all the players. Tyler Adams, McKennie and Christian Pulisic are all sure to play big roles going forward as the U.S. builds towards the 2022 World Cup, and giving the trio more time on the field together would be crucial.
For de la Torre, perhaps he can impress his new manager this week and earn some much-needed playing time. The 20-year-old former U.S. youth international star has yet to make his Premier League bow this season, though he’s featured three times in the League Cup.