“Sorry for My Actions:” USMNT Star Weston McKennie Explains His Absence From World Cup Qualifier vs Canada

Published 09/06/2021, 9:30 AM EDT


It seems like deja-vu for the USMNT after they failed to win both their opening World Cup qualifying games. In spite of all the talent at their disposal, the Americans labored to a draw against El Salvador in their opening qualification match.

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The return of star-man Pulisic came as a boost and the winger provided an assist in the match against Canada, however, the team could only manage a 1-1 draw. But, their tough campaign goes ahead with substandard performances. Moreover, Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie missed the match after violating Covid protocols.

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Weston McKennie missed the game

The USMNT suspended the midfielder for their second game against Canada. This was not the first time that the US midfielder had missed out because of Covid related protocols. The 23-year-old missed Juventus’ game against Torino for the same issue. An important player for USMNT, his negligence towards guidelines is keeping him away from the team when they needed him the most.

However, he issued an apology on Instagram to his fans.

“Unfortunately, I am suspended for tonight’s match due to a violation of team Covid protocols. I am sorry for my actions, I will be cheering hard for the boys tonight and hope to be back with the team soon.”

The midfield maestro would hope to return against Honduras in the final qualifying game of this international break.

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After draws against El Salvador and Canada, the soccer team will now look to grab all three points against Honduras.

Despite the return of Chelsea winger, Christian Pulisic, the US team could not muster up a win against Canada. Brenden Aaronson’s opening goal got nullified as Cyle Larin equalized for the Canadian Men’s soccer team. The final whistle echoed with boos from fans in attendance.

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Another draw would seriously dampen their hopes of qualifying for this year’s Qatar World Cup Finals. The loss of McKennie and Reyna put a dent in their hopes of qualifications to the finals.

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With Mexico topping the group followed by Panama, the Americans have to beat Honduras to keep qualification hopes alive.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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