Celtic defender again bafflingly snubbed for international start last night

By David Walton

June 6, 2022

Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers was again bafflingly snubbed for a first international start in over 3 years by USA boss Gregg Berhalter last night.

The US managed to bag a 0-0 draw against Uruguay in a pre-World Cup test – their second of 2 friendly matches over the past several days.

The result comes hot on the heels of their 3-0 win over Morocco. In that one, Berhalter gave Carter-Vickers the second half after again refusing the opportunity to give him a deserved starting berth.

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Berhalter stated before Carter-Vickers was called up that there’s room in his World Cup squad for those who have been performing well for their club [Glasgow Live]. He made it clear he expected Carter-Vickers to make a case for inclusion during the current camp.

However, so far, he hasn’t been given much of an opportunity in their friendly matches. CCV would’ve hoped for a lot more than 45 from 180 minutes. Especially with 2 competitive games now coming up in which Berhalter will likely play what he deems to be his strongest XI.

Speaking before their first friendly against Morocco, Berhalter claimed that he would make “compromises” when it came to the players involved in the friendly fixtures [ESPN]. CCV would be entitled to wonder, then, why he wasn’t given the opportunity to be tested by the Uruguayans last night.

Celtic loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers hasn’t started for USA since 2018

Next up for the USA are 2 CONCACAF Nations League matches against Granada and El Salvador respectively. It’s difficult to see Cameron bagging a start in either going by Berhalter’s recent decisions.

After all, despite promising to make “compromises”, he’s started with the same centre-back pairing in both friendly matches. Fixtures in which you would imagine it would’ve been ideal to give Cameron a chance straight from kick-off.

Even the USA supporters have been left baffled by it. Take a look on Twitter and you’ll see plenty of USMNT followers perplexed at the lack of minutes for CCV so far in the current camp.

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Sure, Berhalter could drop a surprise and play Carter-Vickers in the upcoming Nations League fixtures. But it’s difficult to see why he would give him a chance to start in competitive action when he refused to do so during the friendlies.

CCV’s last start for his country came back in November 2018. His last appearance before the current camp came against Jamaica in June 2019. Therefore, he’ll have been happy just to get on the pitch against Morocco and play for his coutry once again.

However, that Berhalter started with the same centre-back pairing in both matches is a concern. If he was serious about looking at CCV, featuring him against Uruguay would surely have been a productive move.

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