James Sands joins USMNT roster as Robinson and McKennie depart

Lizzy Becherano
James Sands to join USMNT as McKennie and Robinson depart
James Sands to join USMNT as McKennie and Robinson depart / John Dorton/ISI Photos/GettyImages

James Sands has been added to the United States men’s national team roster ahead of the Concacaf World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Tuesday, US Soccer announced Sunday morning. 

The New York City player will be replacing Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson and Juventus' Weston McKennie. The two departing players are suspended from competing against Jamaica due to yellow card accumulation. 

Robinson was sent off during the match against Mexico on Friday night in Cincinnati for a second bookable offense, while McKennie reached the card limit for a confrontation in the second half. 

The USMNT confirmed both players have already departed camp, while Sands is set to arrive. 

The 21-year-old MLS player has made seven appearances for the United States men’s national team, all in 2021 after he debuted with the senior squad against Haiti in the Concacaf Gold Cup. He featured for the USMNT in all six matches of the summer tournament, and started in the 4-1 victory against Honduras on September 8. 

The player also inspired a successful season for MLS side NYCFC as the club finished in fourth place. The New York City team will now partake in league playoffs, kicking off on November 21 against Atlanta United.  

Following Friday’s 2-0 triumph against their North American rivals, the USMNT lead the Concacaf table with 14 points in seven games. They are tied in points with Mexico, narrowly edging them out with a greater goal difference. 

Things are set to heat up next week too when the American side travels to Jamaica, while Mexico visits Canada on Tuesday.