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Olympic team snubs “turning point of my career” – Soccer Sports

About 9 months after being left behind America‘Olympic qualifying roster, USMNT and FC Dallas Striker Ricardo Pepi called Snab a turning point for his season.

“It made me hungry,” Pepi said on Friday. “I was hungry for a year. For the club, for the national team, and that was certainly a turning point in my career.”

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Pepi attended the first 31 training camps prior to the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico in early March, but did not cut when the roster was reduced to 20. .. The team was not eligible to participate in three of the four forwards of the late Tokyo Olympics and its roster- Jonathan Lewis, Benji Michel and Sebastian Soto-not involved in the senior side mix.

However, since being removed from the team, Pepi has experienced a surge and has established himself as the starting number 9 in the United States in World Cup qualifying. Pepi is one of the few players expected to start in Saturday’s international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Carson, California, sharpening the players ahead of next month’s three-game qualifying window. Used to keep.

After scoring 13 goals in FC Dallas in 2021, Pepi was the subject of speculation about his move to Europe, but he was shy about the club’s plans and focused on USMNT.

“The moment hasn’t been decided yet,” Pepi said. “I feel like there’s a game in front of me. That’s my main focus right now. I need to focus on the game and feel that whatever happens, I just put up with it. Must be. “

18-year-old Pepi chose to play for the United States in Mexico in August and has since played in six qualifying games, scoring three goals.

The US roster also includes Jonathan Gomez, a former teammate of FC Dallas Academy Pepi and USL League One North Texas SC. Like Pepi, Gomez has the option to play in Mexico or the United States, Eltori During the summer.He is heading for Real Sociedad In Spain, the transfer window will open in January after spending the last two seasons with Louisville City in the USL Championship.

Pepi calls Gomez’s decision about his international future one of a person and is willing to be a sound committee for him or him or anyone faced with a similar decision.

“I can talk to them at any time,” he said. “I always just tell him,’Do whatever you think is best. Go with your heart.'”

and, Atlanta United FC Left back George Bello Start against Bosnia and Herzegovina. US coach Gregg Berhalter did not rule out Gomez’s possibility of kicking him off the bench.

“That is wonderful [Gomez] “At the camp, I’m still physically mature and growing, but I’m a really good competitor and a technically good player. I’m very competitive. With him. It’s great to work. “

Bello’s Atlanta teammate Brooks Lennon will start right behind and win his first USMNT cap, Barholter added. Nashville SC Centre-back Walker ZimmermanBecame an important part of the US backline, is expected to play full for 90 minutes.

Seattle Sounders FC Forward Jordan Morris missed most of the 2021 due to a broken ACL, but is expected to return to the starting lineup. He hasn’t played in the United States since 2019, when he scored five goals in his last five appearances.

“He looked sharp overall [camp]”Mr. Berholter said. He returned to it in Seattle and they did a great job of getting him back to the good. He looks healthy. He looks sharp. I’m really looking forward to him playing tomorrow. “

New York Red Bulls Defender Aaron Long He also returned to the fold after a long injury during this camp. He participates in a full team session but is unlikely to feature.

After the match, the United States will take a break before resuming January 6th before the next qualifying window. USMNT host El salvador Visited in Columbus, Ohio on January 27 Canada January 30th, then host Honduras February 2nd in Minneapolis.

With eight games in the 14-game qualifying schedule, the USMNT is second, 15 points behind Canada (16 points) and Mexico (14). Panama (14) and Costa Rica (9). The top three finishers will automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup, and the fourth-place finisher will face the winner of the Oceania Football Confederation in the single-leg qualifying round in Zurich, Switzerland in June.

– Soccer Sports

Olympic team snubs “turning point of my career”

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