During his pre-match press conference, #USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter confirms that forward Christian Pulisic (day-to-day) and goalkeeper Zack Steffen (back spasms) did not travel with the team to El Salvador.

Berhalter also confirms that goalkeeper Matt Turner will start for the #USMNT in Thursday’s #WCQ opener at El Salvador.

Berhalter on the USMNT's history on the road in Concacaf #WCQ:

"We know our record away from home [in WCQ] hasn't been great and it's something we want to improve upon."

Berhalter on how much this team looks back at what occurred during the 2018 cycle:

"...this is a different group. A different opportunity. A new opportunity...We're looking at it as a fresh start. We want to make our mark as a group and it starts tomorrow."

"It was a difficult choice between Ethan Horvath & Matt Turner...we felt at this given moment, Matt is the goalkeeper in better form. I have complete confidence in him and what he can do. Next step is to see if he can translate it into these ultra competitive matches."

On El Salvador head coach and former #USMNT midfielder Hugo Pérez:

"Hugo was a hero of mine growing up...it's going to be an honor to coach against him.


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