Count Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen out of the U.S. men’s national team team’s World Cup qualifying kickoff against El Salvador Thursday night.

Pulisic, the USA’s top player, hasn’t return to match fitness since sitting out 10 days after he contacted COVID-19 while playing this his English Premiership club.

Steffen, a goalkeeper, is fighting back spasms that began several days ago. Matt Turner, who starred during the USA’s successful Concacaf Gold Cup triumph, will start instead.

Both players were left behind in Nashville, Tenn., where the Americans will host Canada in its second WCQ Sunday night.

“This is another chance for our guys to respond,” U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter said.