, Aaron Long will fight to secure one of the USMNT’s two starting center back spots at the World Cup, Laken Litman writes.,

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Player: Aaron LongAge: 30Birthplace: Oak Hills, CaliforniaClub: New York Red BullsPosition: Center backUSMNT caps: 23

Long, 30, is the presumed starter alongside Walker Zimmerman at center back. Ever since Miles Robinson tore his Achilles’ tendon earlier this year, Berhalter has been searching for a worthy replacement and as of right now, Long seems to be the No. 1 choice.

The New York Red Bulls defender, who is a former MLS Defender of the Year and CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI member, has experience with the USMNT which is certainly a plus. In 29 caps, he has three goals and two assists. 

But could he be a bit rusty when he reports to Qatar? The Red Bulls were knocked out of the MLS Cup playoffs early, and the last game he played was Oct. 15.

Laken Litman covers college football, college basketball and soccer for FOX Sports. She previously wrote for Sports Illustrated, USA Today and The Indianapolis Star. She is the author of “Strong Like a Woman,” published in spring 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Follow her on Twitter @LakenLitman.

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