The best USMNT players in the MLS

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The USMNT will be playing in their 12th World Cup finals come November 2022 in Qatar.

They have been drawn alongside England, Iran and Wales in Group B and this time around, they look like a team to beat. This is because of their strong backbone of talent who play in the MLS, the national league of the United States of America.

In this article, we bring you information on the best players in the USMNT who play in the MLS for you to consider as you prepare for your USA World Cup bets.

DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin, 29, is one of the most experienced players in the USMNT set up. The Inter Miami man spent six years in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, and Newcastle United.

He spent five of those six years as a key figure at Newcastle United, even playing a role in helping them gain promotion to the Premier League in his first season at the club. He left in 2021 for Galatasaray in Turkey before returning to the MLS in 2022.

Yedlin is an experienced right back who has been in the USMNT setup since 2014. He is sure to make the squad for Qatar due to his experience and a good name to bet on in your USA World Cup bets.

Kellyn Acosta

Kellyn Acosta, 27, is one of the most senior members of the USMNT. The Los Angeles FC midfielder has been in the national team setup since 2016 and has amassed over 50 caps for the team.

He has been valuable in their CONCACAF Gold Cup exploits, playing a key part in the team as they won the 2017 and 2021 editions. He was also involved in their CONCACAF Nations League win in 2021.

He has spent all his career in the MLS, making his debut in 2013 with FC Dallas. He spent five years at the club and made his debut for the USMNT while at Dallas. He moved on to Colorado Rapids in 2018, spending three years at the club before signing with LAFC in 2021.

He is the player with the most appearances for the USMNT in 2021 and 2022 and going by this fact, he is a shoo-in for the squad that will travel to Qatar in November. This also means that he is a player you can bet on in your USA World Cup bets.

Aaron Long

Aaron Long has been in the USMNT setup since 2018 and has amassed 27 caps to date. The New York Red Bulls centreback has become a sturdy player for the team in recent years after failing to make an impact in the team in 2020 and 2021.

He has spent all of his career in the MLS after playing college soccer. He played for Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, and also had stints in the lower division of American club football with FC Tucson and Sacramento Republic.

The USMNT manager Greg Berhalter trusts him and he has delivered for the team when called up. His place, unlike the two players above, is not set in stone, however.  Still, he represents the growing pool of talent in the MLS which the USMNT can rely on for the upcoming World Cup.

Walker Zimmerman

Walker Zimmerman is another player like Aaron Long who is one of the best talents in the MLS today. The 31-cap international has been in the setup since 2017. However, he started getting a good run of games in 2020.

He was a key figure in the USMNT’s CONCACAF Gold Cup win in 2021, starting all games and playing the full 90 minutes for the team before he had to leave in the knockout rounds due to a hamstring injury.

He is an MLS veteran at 29, having played in the league since 2013. He has been with Nashville SC since 2020, where he has risen to cult hero status as one of their best performers. He is also the man who scored the club’s first ever goal in their history as an MLS club.

He is a good player to bet on as you ponder over your USA World Cup bets.

Cristian Roldan

Cristian Roldan is a USMNT stalwart and one of the best midfielders in the MLS.

The 27-year-old was called up for the first time to the USMNT and has amassed 32 caps since then. He played for Seattle Sounders, after joining them from fourth tier club Washington Crossfire in 2015.

He has been a member of every squad since his first call-up. He was also instrumental in their 2017 and 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup wins. He was also a member of the squad that came second in the 2019 edition, as well as a contributor to their efforts.

The diminutive midfielder is one of Greg Berhalter’s most trusted players in the side and therefore, is a shoo-in for the squad that will be travelling to Qatar come November.

Paul Arriola

Paul Arriola, 27, is another player of the USMNT who has experience outside the MLS. He has played in Club Tijuana, a Mexican club, and had a brief stint with Swansea City in 2021.

After starting off his senior career in Mexico and playing a good number of games between 2013 and 2017, he was approached by the USMNT in 2016. He has since played 47 games for them and is one of the generals in the side.

The FC Dallas winger was also involved in their three most recent triumphs – the 2017 and 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup wins and the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup runner-up position. He will be at the Qatar World Cup barring any injuries or last minute changes, therefore, is a good player to bet on for your USA World Cup bets. 

 

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