The USMNT released their starting XI for tonight’s World Cup qualifying game against Canada a short while ago and star striker Weston McKennie was a surprise exclusion from the 18. The reason for that has now been revealed.
Taking to Instagram a few minutes ago, McKennie revealed that he has been suspended from tonight’s game for violating the team’s COVID-19 protocols. He apologized for his actions and pledged to cheer for his teammates in tonight’s big game.
While McKennie has not tested positive for the virus, the USMNT has taken it very seriously. Starting goalkeeper Zack Steffen had to be removed from the roster after testing positive.
“Unfortunately, I am suspended for tonight’s match due to a violation of team COVID protocols,” McKennie wrote. “I am sorry for my actions, I will be cheering hard for the boys tonight and hope to be back with the team soon.”
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Weston McKennie has been capped 24 times for the United States since 2017. The 23-year-old midfielder has seven goals, including a huge goal against Mexico in the CONCACAF Nations League Final back in June.
He would have been a great help against Canada in tonight’s game. McKennie scored the third goal of his career at Nissan Stadium – tonight’s venue – against Jamaica in the 2019 Gold Cup.
Fortunately, the USMNT still have superstars Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Sergino Dest and Brendon Aaronson for tonight’s big game.
The USMNT-Canada game will be played at 8:00 p.m. EST and will air on FS1, UNIMAS and TUDN.
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