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USMNT Notebook: Johnny Cardoso’s La Liga rise, Matt Turner’s struggles, World Cup travel & more

We're looking around the U.S. men's national team program ahead of next month's competitive slate.

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Welcome to the first edition of the U.S. men’s national team notebook, where I’ll be sharing thoughts about the program even during the dog days of the international soccer calendar. Today, we’re talking transfers, positional battles, and more.

Let’s dive in. 

World Cup venues ‘minimize travel’ 

You’ve surely heard the news: the United States’ 2026 World Cup group stage opener and group stage finale will both be in Los Angeles, with a trip to Seattle in between.  

During a recent conference call with members of the media, coach Gregg Berhalter sounded satisfied with the schedule thanks to its merciful travel demands. “It’s no secret that the teams were able to give FIFA some input in terms of the venues, and our main piece of advice was about the travel – trying to minimize travel, minimize time zones, because we know the wear and tear that can take on your body during a major tournament.” 

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