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SSFC Podcast, Episode 62: Reviewing the USMNT roster

And, a tribute to the strongest kid I’ve ever met.

SOCCER: JUL 25 Concacaf Gold Cup Quarterfinal - USA v Jamaica Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The USMNT roster is here for World Cup qualifying, and it’s time to react to it on Episode 62. The roster was released this morning, and we go through it to highlight who Gregg Berhalter called in and who was not included.

There were several players who were included on this roster that did not make it in the September window: Paul Arriola, Tim Weah, Gyasi Zardes, Luca de la Torre, Matthew Hoppe, Shaq Moore, Yunus Musah, Chris Richards, and Gianluca Busio. While Gio Reyna and Christian Pulisic were not included due to injury, Jordan Pefok, Josh Sargent, Ethan Horvath, and Konrad de la Fuente were also left off the roster. There are also others who were not on either roster that fans may think should have been brought into camp. We discuss it all briefly on this episode.

We close out this episode with a personal tribute to Martin Huschka, an inspirational young boy in the American soccer family who passed away late last week due to complications from a neurodegenerative disorder that was so rare, there have been only 14 cases worldwide. I tell the story of Martin’s journey, what he meant to me and why he is the strongest boy that I’ve ever met. Martin is going to be missed by so many, but the joy that he shared is something that will remain in the hearts of all who were blessed to meet him or be inspired through his story.

If you are so inclined to also pay tribute to Martin’s memory, his family requests that you make a donation to Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit, Angela Hospice, or Rainbow Connection.