USMNT Roster: Arena calls up 32 players, all from MLS

Bruce Arena named the 32 players he's called in to the U.S. men's national team camp that begins Tuesday in Carson, California.

Seven players are uncapped: Stefan Frei, Keegan Rosenberry, Taylor Kemp, Walker Zimmerman, Sebastian Lletget, Kekuta Manneh and Chris Pontius. Frei and Manneh will need FIFA clearance to play as they are foreign-born.

Two capped players are returning to the national team after not playing under Jurgen Klinsmann: Chad Marshall (who debuted under Arena in 2004) and Dax McCarty (captain in his last appearance in 2011).

Nine others played for the USA in 2016 but won't be in camp: Tim Howard, Kyle BeckermanMatt Besler, Clint Dempsey, Matt Diskerud, Ethan Finlay, Lee Nguyen, Tony Tchani and Brandon Vincent. Howard and Besler are coming off surgery while Dempsey has not played since being diagnosed with a heart condition last summer.

Arena said he'd try veteran midfielder Graham Zusi out at right back, Kellyn Acosta as a defensive midfielder -- his position at FC Dallas -- and Gyasi Zardes as a winger.

The most notable absentee: young Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan whom Arena said he might look at later in the year.

U.S. Camp Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (NY Red Bulls).

DEFENDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (free agent), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Greg Garza (Atlanta United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).

MIDFIELDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC), Jermaine Jones (free agent), Sacha Kljestan (NY Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps), Dax McCarty (NY Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew).

FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy).

11 comments about "USMNT Roster: Arena calls up 32 players, all from MLS".
  1. aaron dutch, January 5, 2017 at 2:07 p.m.

    awesome, back to 2006, we now have a lame MLS US national team. go MLS

  2. Bob Ashpole, January 5, 2017 at 7:01 p.m.

    Aaron I expect you know better. MLS makes its players available although there is no FIFA requirement. The European clubs don't.

  3. Ben Myers replied, January 5, 2017 at 9:32 p.m.

    Kind of easy for MLS to make its players available when the league is between seasons. A no-brainer. And, WHAT? The European clubs do not make their Americans available to play on FIFA-sanctioned intervals of national team play, whether friendlies or World Cup qualifiers (CONCACAF Hex or African Cup).

    No, this is simply Arena putting on his hat as an ex-MLS coach and selecting the players who looked good and played well in the US top minor league of soccer.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, January 6, 2017 at 2:37 a.m.

    I have a question for you Ben. When was the last time you watched a bottom of the table match in a European league? People who claim European soccer is so superior usually compare MLS teams to the handful of super clubs in Europe, which are not typical of European soccer. The super clubs are super clubs only because of their large roster sizes and budgets. If you compare the budgets and roster sizes, MLS actually looks pretty good.

  5. Rich V, January 5, 2017 at 10:03 p.m.

    Ben and Aaron, this is typical of a January camp, for exactly the reason Bob mentioned. Here is the roster from last year under JK, with only 1 Europe-based player.

  6. Gary Levitt, January 5, 2017 at 10:56 p.m.

    This is a January camp so Arena and staff can identify possible candidates for the March qualifiers. Only a few will make the player pool for Honduras and Panama matches.

  7. I w Nowozeniuk, January 5, 2017 at 11 p.m.

    Let's see what the final squad looks like after the weeding out process is finished. Whoever is selected; the squad needs to be compact, resilient, and totally team oriented in order to counter the technical qualities it lacks.

  8. John Lander, January 6, 2017 at 11:51 a.m.

    We continue to waste opportunities on all those over 30 players. At least Backman wasn't called. They are not going to improve, they have already showed us who and what they are; Not good enough on the international stage. If they are in camp to help bring the younger guys along then fine. But if they are going to be part of World Cup 2018 then we will have the same results. Well maybe worse.

  9. Bob Ashpole replied, January 6, 2017 at 4:33 p.m.

    I disagree John. Current form is what matters. Especially with older players, one should not assume their form is the same as last year. January is an opportunity to assess and to provide feedback regarding training recommendations. Considering that the immediate objective is to win two matches at the end of March, bringing in the older players who might help fill some holes is a good idea. Beasley is the obvious example I have in mind. We will need to identify 2 left backs and it would be best if Johnson wasn't one of the two. The coaches are not merely looking at picking a starting 11 and reserves, but looking at the depth at each position in case of injuries.

  10. Andrea Hana, January 6, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.

    Yeah, I don't think that's the final cut, either. Just January Camp, with MLS players available, no American players coming form Euro Leagues. Otherwise: Where's Yedlin? Where's Green? Guzan? Here is a list of the American players abroad:

  11. aaron dutch, January 9, 2017 at 1:48 p.m.

    This year there will be a big transition from euro based US players to MLS players. It wouldn't hurt us to run a camp in europe for 4 days to let European players get some team development. The clubs will let you do that to their squad players (most of the US players in Europe are squad players)

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