By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

It seems the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is seemingly everywhere.

And that includes the U.S. men’s national team training camp.

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter Monday said the team is dealing with it at its camp in Phoenix, Ariz.

“COVID has hit us in this camp,” Berhalter said in an afternoon Zoom call with the media. “There has been have been some cases of guys entering camp with COVID. Fortunately, most are asymptomatic and now it’s just about a little bit of a waiting game.

“But that’s our reality. That’s what all sports teams are dealing with. So we’ll be ready to adapt. We will have a contingency plan in place.”

Berhalter did not say how many players had the virus or reveal any names.

With many European soccer teams losing players to COVID-19, it could make life very interesting for Berhalter when he puts together a roster for the next three World Cup qualifiers. The Americans hosts El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 27, meets Canada in Hamilton, Ontario on Jan. 30 and welcomes Honduras in St. Paul, Minn. on Feb. 2.

“We’re not exactly sure how many players extra we’ll take but we’re going to be thorough and make sure we have a roster that can compete because from all indications this thing spreads quickly,” Berhalter said. “What we’ve seen there hasn’t been a ton of sickness, but it has been spreading.”

The USMNT will train in Phoenix through Jan. 21 before Berhalter announces his roster for the next three qualifiers.

On Jan. 6, the Omicron variant forced the Canadian national team to cancel its Florida training camp.

The cancelation included a friendly against Guatemala as well as a men’s Under-20 national team training camp that was planned alongside the MNT camp.

In a press release, Canada Soccer said that it will continue to closely monitor all COVID-19 developments in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada and relevant governing bodies through the Canada Soccer Sport Medicine Committee “to ensure the safety of all players and staff.”