MLS-based USMNTers deal with health challenges round uncommon winter WCQ window

Berhalter himself didn’t sound overly concerned about this rare complication, noting how many European leagues – like the Austrian Liga, where Philadelphia Union’s Brenden Aaronson plays for RB Salzburg – go on winter break around the Christmas period.

“Some of the Europeans, Brenden Aaronson for example, [hadn’t] had played in a month, he had December 12th off. A guy like Walker Zimmerman had his last game on December 18th and he was back at camp in December on January 7th, so there wasn’t that much free time for those guys,” he told the coach at the start of January camp.

“What we’re going to do is use these next few weeks to evaluate… . We’re going to play three scrimmages and take them to almost 90 minutes in the last scrimmage and then we can say it. And the most important thing is that we can field a team that can compete at a high level because we know it’s about playing World Cup qualifiers.”

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