NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Midfielder Weston McKennie is sent back to Italy and will miss his second consecutive World Cup qualifying game after breaking Team USA’s COVID-19 protocols.
US coach Gregg Berhalter made the announcement on Monday, the day after the 1-1 draw between the United States and Canada.
McKennie, among the leaders of the American team, started the 0-0 draw last Thursday in El Salvador. He was not allowed to be on Sunday’s matchday list.
As the pressure mounts, the 10th-ranked United States play 63rd-ranked Honduras on Wednesday night.
“Weston will return to Italy and will not be available for the game against Honduras due to a violation of team policy,” Berhalter said in a statement. “There are high expectations for those who are on the United States Men’s National Team, and in order to be successful it is important that everyone in the squad is responsible.”
McKennie apologized in a statement on Sunday. The American Football Federation did not make it available to the media.
At 23 from Fort Lewis, Washington, McKennie missed Juventus’ derby against Turin in April after violating COVID-19 protocols in Italy. One of America’s best players, he has seven goals in 25 international matches.
Sergiño Dest will also miss the game after spraining his right ankle in the 44th minute on Sunday. The Barcelona away-back joined Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gio Reyna (tight right hamstring) and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen (back spasms and COVID-19 test positive) on the sidelines.
San Jose midfielder Jackson Yueill was added to the roster and trained with the team on Monday.
The revised list:
Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest, England), Sean Johnson (New York), Matt Turner (New England).
Defenders: George Bello (Atlanta), John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Germany), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona, Spain), Mark McKenzie (Genk, Belgium), Tim Ream (Fulham, England), Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta), James Sands (New York), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray, Turkey), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville)
Midfielder: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado), Tyler Adams (Leipzig, Germany), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Cristian Roldan, (Seattle) Jackson Yueill (San Jose)
Forwards: Brenden Aaronson (Salzburg, Austria), Konrad de la Fuente (Olympique de Marseille, France), Jordan Pefok (Young Boys, Switzerland), Ricardo Pepi (Dallas), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Josh Sargent (Norwich, England)).