As the USMNT prepares to face Mexico in New Jersey tonight, news reported by Doug McIntyre of Yahoo states that five players will be heading back to their clubs after the match. Christian Pulisic, Zack Steffen, John Brooks, Alfredo Morales, and Sean Johnson are set to miss the Uruguay game. The report notes that the players may not be replaced, but Gregg Berhalter will have plenty of options for the tilt against the South Americans.
While missing some of the best players in the pool will be a challenge, it will also allow some new faces to potentially show the USMNT manager they belong in future callups. Sergino Dest, who will reportedly start against El Tri and Miles Robinson are making their first appearances for Berhalter while Josh Sargent seems to have something to prove to the manager. Should they see the field, Uruguay will be a potent test for the new faces. Others, such as Gyasi Zardes, of the Columbus Crew with 11 goals this season, and Jordan Morris, who plays for the MLS team Seattle Sounders and does not play in Europe, will stay with the team as they will have a shorter return journey to their clubs.