Josh Sargent is making a comeback to the USMNT roster for pre-Copa América friendlies against Colombia and Brazil after recovering from an injury. This will be his first appearance since the 2022 World Cup. USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter has named a 27-player squad with several key players, including Tyler Adams, Gio Reyna, and Matt Turner, despite their recent limited playing time. Defender Sergiño Dest is missing due to a torn ACL, and Shaq Moore has been added to fill the gap. These matches serve as crucial warm-ups before the final Copa América squad is announced.

By the Numbers
  • Sargent scored 16 goals in 26 league games for Norwich City this season.
  • 18 out of the 27 players were part of the 2022 World Cup squad.
Yes, But

Despite Sargent's return, his recent ankle issue raises concerns over his fitness. Meanwhile, the crowded forward pool also means tough competition for spots, with players like Folarin Balogun and Ricardo Pepi performing well. Additionally, Berhalter has to balance selecting players for both the Copa América and the 2024 Olympics.

State of Play
  • Players will begin reporting to the camp on May 28.
  • The USMNT will play Colombia on June 8 and Brazil on June 12.
  • Final Copa América roster will be announced after these friendlies.
What's Next

The USMNT will finalize its squad and aim to build momentum with the pre-tournament friendlies. Copa América kicks off on June 20 with the USMNT in Group C, and Brazil or Colombia may be their quarterfinal opponents if they advance. Key performances in these games will help shape the final team.

Bottom Line

The USMNT's pre-Copa América friendlies are critical for final roster decisions and team cohesion ahead of the tournament. Sargent's performance and fitness will be closely watched as the team aims to progress and set the stage for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.