Mark McKenzie, Erik Palmer-Brown named to USMNT roster as injury replacements


The injury bug continued to hit the U.S. men’s national team September roster ahead of the start of this week’s camp in Germany. Mark McKenzie and Erik Palmer-Brown were called into Gregg Berhalter’s roster on Sunday as injury replacements for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Chris Richards. Both Carter-Vickers and Richards have been forced out of the camp due to minor injuries, U.S. Soccer announced. The 23-year-old McKenzie has earned eight caps for the USMNT, including a 120-minute performance against Mexico in the 2021 Concacaf Nations League Final. A former Philadelphia Union homegrown, McKenzie has been a regular starter in the Belgian Pro League this season with Genk, starting in each of the club’s last six matches. Palmer-Brown, 25, has earned two of his four USMNT camps in 2022, featuring in a World Cup Qualifying draw at Mexico before also playing against Uruguay in a June friendly. A former Sporting KC homegrown player, Palmer-Brown moved to Manchester City in June 2018. Palmer-Brown served loan spells in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and France before earning a permanent transfer to Troyes in February. He has started in eight Ligue 1 matches this season for the top-flight side. The USMNT will face Japan in Dusseldorf, Germany on Sept. 23 before closing out its World Cup preparation on Sept. 27 in Murcia, Spain against Saudi Arabia.