USMNT Players Set to Miss Qualifier Due to Travel Ban

Christian Pulisic playing against Panama in 2017
Christian Pulisic playing against Panama in 2017. Photo by John Dorton/

The United States men’s national soccer team is set to be without several key players during its upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Panama on October 10.

With the United Kingdom including Panama on its list of red countries for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier League midfielder Christian Pulisic is set to miss out on the clash due to quarantine requirements. Any travelers arriving in the UK from a nation on the red list are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon return.

The main reason for Pulisic’s avoidance of quarantine requirements would be the busy schedule that his club, Chelsea, is faced with following the international break. The Blues are set to face Brentford on October 16, after which they play Malmo FF in a Champions League clash on October 20.

Pulisic is one of five UK-based players included in the USMNT’s roster during the team’s previous set of World Cup Qualifiers, namely a goalless draw with El Salvador, a 1-1 draw with Canada, and a 4-1 victory over Honduras.

There are several Premier League clubs that have decided to block their players from representing their national teams during the international break, including Liverpool, which has several Brazilian stars, and Manchester City, which is represented by Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson and striker Gabriel Jesus.

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