The United States released its 25-man roster today ahead of the team’s World Cup Qualifying matches this month (vs. Mexico on Nov. 12 and vs. Jamaica on Nov. 16) and Atlanta United central defender Miles Robinson was unsurprisingly included in the team.
The positional breakdown of the #USMNT’s 25-player November #WCQ roster.— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) November 4, 2021
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Robinson’s performances for both club and country over the course of the past year has seen his status in Gregg Berhalter’s national team rise from “promising physical talent on the rise” to “most reliable and well-rounded central defender” — quite the accomplishment for Robinson and a reflection of the amount of improvement he’s made since being a SuperDraft pick in 2017.
The biggest talking point from the roster will be at Robinson’s position, where veteran CB John Brooks was not selected. I’d contend that such an omission is even more evidence of the value that Berhalter places on Robinson.
Unlike some recent WCQ rosters, George Bello is not included here, which is a win for Atlanta United. While these games will not affect player availability for the upcoming MLS Cup playoffs (barring injury), it will be good for Bello to get some rest instead of doing a bunch of travel that results in only ~45 minutes of game action, as has been standard in his last few inclusions on the team.
Best of luck to Miles, and we’ll all be rooting for him to come back healthy, happy and ready to help Atlanta on a playoff run.