James Sands joins the USMNT list, McKennie and Robinson leave


James Sands has been added to the US men’s national team list ahead of the Concacaf World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Tuesday, US Soccer announced on Sunday morning.

The New York City player will replace Atlanta United defenders Miles Robinson and Juventus Weston McKennie. The two departing players are suspended from competing against Jamaica due to yellow cards.

Robinson was sent off during the game against Mexico on Friday night in Cincinnati for a second bookable offense, while McKennie reached the short limit for a confrontation in the second half.

USMNT confirmed that both players have already left the camp, while Sands will arrive.

The 21-year-old MLS player has made seven appearances for the US men’s national team, all in 2021 after making his senior team debut against Haiti in the Concacaf Gold Cup. He was for USMNT in all six matches of the summer tournament and started in the 4-1 victory against Honduras on September 8.

The player also inspired a successful season for the MLS side NYCFC when the club finished in fourth place. The New York City team will now participate in the league’s playoffs, with a kick-off on November 21 against Atlanta United.

After Friday’s 2-0 triumph against their North American rivals, the USMNT leads the Concacaf table with 14 points in seven games. They are a draw in points with Mexico, which makes them barely with a bigger goal difference.

It will be hot next week as the US side travels to Jamaica, while Mexico visits Canada on Tuesday.

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