Three members of the New York Red Bulls are among the 32 players called into the U.S. Men’s National Team January camp by head coach Bruce Arena.
Goalkeeper Luis Robles and midfielders Sacha Kljestan and Dax McCarty are heading the the U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. This will be the first training camp coached by Arena since he took over the team in November, and comes just two months before Final Round Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup resumes.
The team will also play two upcoming friendlies, January 29 vs. Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego at 1 p.m. Pacific time, and February 3 against Jamaica in Chattanooga, Tenn. Kick off time is 7 p.m. Eastern time.
Honored to get the chance to represent the #USMNT again. A callup and a wedding? 2017 off to a good start! Appreciate all the well wishes ??
— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) January 5, 2017
Arena’s 32-man features all Major League Soccer players representing 15 different clubs. Since the camp does not fall during a recognized FIFA international window for the release of players, only those who are not in season are available to be selected.
Amongst the group are nine World Cup veterans, eight 2016 MLS All-Stars and three season-end league award winners.
“With games at the end of the month and the World Cup Qualifiers in March, this is going to be a critical time for us,” Arena said. “It’s important that we come in and quickly establish an understanding of what we are about and how we go about building our team. As for the players, we are coming into this with an open mind, so it’s a huge opportunity for them.”
U.S. roster by position
GOALKEEPERS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)