Gregg Berhalter, the manager of the USMNT, sent Weston McKennie, the midfielder, back to his club Juventus. The Monday announcement comes before their match against Honduras on Wednesday, which is a qualifier for the World Cup.
Weston McKennie Breached Coronavirus Protocols
On Sunday, Weston McKennie faced a suspension during their match against Canada. The match had ended in a 1-1 draw. Mckennie later shared on Instagram regarding his suspension. He said that the reason was that he breached the team’s protocols regarding Covid-19.
After the tie ended, Berhalter claimed that it will be decided later if Weston McKennie will be selected for the match against Honduras. On Monday, the management took the decision to enforce a longer suspension on the player.
Through an official statement by Berhalter, he said that Weston McKennie will go back to Italy. Thus, the player will not be available for the Honduras match. He said that the reason was a team policy violation. He clarified that USMNT has high expectations to live up to. To attain success, it is essential that everyone involved with the group takes accountability.
Jackson Yueill, the midfielder of the San Jose Earthquakes, was called up as the replacement for Weston McKennie. Furthermore, there was another announcement that Sergino Dest, the defender for Barcelona, will not be available for the game against Honduras. The defender had suffered a sprained ankle in the match with Canada.
For Wednesday’s match, there will be 23 players who can be selected by the USMNT. Zack Steffen, the goalkeeper, tested positive for coronavirus. Additionally, Giovanni Reyna suffered a strained hamstring during their 0-0 draw with El Salvador. Sean Johnson, the New York City FC goalkeeper, was called up as the replacement for Steffen. However, Weston McKennie’s absence will be dearly felt