Lots of talk in certain segments of the #USMNT fanbase about calling in young Ricardo Pepi for September qualifiers -- specifically whether it would be a predatory cap-tie because of El Tri's interest, or if he's a guy the US actually needs.
Personally, I think Pepi's the same tier of prospect as Yunus Musah (not quite Reyna-level), and is 6 weeks younger than those guys. And he's earned the call-up on merit IMO.

Just look at what he's done with Dallas this season.
So while it's late in the game...
1) He's a high-caliber prospect who's consistently scored at every level
2) He plays a position where nobody's locked down the job
3) Berhalter's been aggressive about integrating the kids

So I hope we see Pepi on the US roster for WCQs.

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I'm screaming.
This is the greatest tradition in all of sports.
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