Who is Kellyn Acosta? Inside the USMNT World Cup roster


Player: kelin acosta
age: 27
birth place: Plano, Texas
Club: Los Angeles Football Club
place: central midfielder
Team Role: key reserve
USMNT Caps: 53

Fresh off the MLS Cup final, the 27-year-old midfielder is ready to play in the World Cup. This will be his first World Cup appearance in a nine-year career, although he played in five qualifying matches in 2017 when the USMNT failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. So if America had gone to Russia, Acosta would likely have been on that roster.

Acosta, a two-time CONCACAF Gold Cup winner and two-time MLS Supporters’ Shield winner, including this year with LAFC, has scored two goals and added five assists in 53 caps for the national team. He also appeared in 13 of the USMNT’s 14 2022 World Cup qualifiers and was the only USMNT player to start in both the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final and 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final victories.

But Littman 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 the spring of 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Follow him on Twitter @lecon littman,


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