USMNT vs Morocco: How to watch live, stream, preview, team news

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With valuable prep time between now and November, the USMNT is ready for some work at the start of the 2022 World Cup when they host Morocco in a friendly match at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday.

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With many roster and roster questions yet to be pondered and answered, Gregg Berhalter will only have the June (four games) and September (two games) international windows between now and this winter’s World Cup at Qatar.

How to watch USMNT vs Morocco live, stream link and start time

Kick-off: 7:30 p.m. ET (Wednesday, June 1)
All-time series leader: Costa Rica – 3 wins, United States – 0 wins, draws – 0
Current FIFA Ranking: USA – 15th, Morocco – 24th
TV Channel/Broadcast: ESPN2, UniMas, TUDN

Perhaps the biggest question, from the start of the World Cup qualifiers until today, remains unanswered: who can be trusted to deliver a steady stream of goals from the forward position? center ?

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Ricardo Pepi has had every opportunity – and more – to make the starting point his own, but the 19-year-old FC Dallas academy product remains far from the finished article that Berhalter desires. The size, strength, and technical ability are there, but the instant play and processing of the game remains a slow tick or two, and the end result is nothing but frustration. Pepi has not been called up to this USMNT camp as he is taking his first break in nearly 18 months after completing his move to Augsburg earlier this year.

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Jesus Ferreira, who is in the USMNT camp this month, has been and appears to remain the second line for the job. The 21-year-old FC Dallas are scorching hot in MLS this season, with 9 goals and 4 assists in 14 appearances despite being more of a number one. 10 than a scorer no. 9 and was even slower to acclimatize to international play.

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Has anyone thought that, perhaps, the solution to Berhalter’s most confusing problem is: nobody?

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Christian Pulisic is a virtual lock to start when fit, just like Gio Reyna, Brenden Aaronson and Tim Weah all three would be if they didn’t add up to four players in contention for three starting spots. Here’s the thing: Even with a natural center forward on the pitch, the players most likely to score for the USMNT are usually the three players playing right behind the top man.

Berhalter is unlikely to drop the traditional leader at this stage, but when things get bumpy before or during the World Cup, that kind of fluidity and versatility could be an interesting wrinkle. Five months from a World Cup, now is not the time to “try someone new” or “try one more time with this or that”. It’s time to accept the reality (that the USMNT doesn’t have a center forward for the 2022 World Cup cycle – it’s okay, it happens) and make the most of what lies ahead.

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OUT: Sergiño Dest (hamstring), Miles Robinson (achilles), Chris Richards (ankle), Gianluca Busio (rest), Ricardo Pepi (rest)

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