USMNT: Breaking down the June player options

Bruce Arena and his staff are likely in the final stages of roster-building for the USA's three games in June -- the friendly against Venezuela on June 3 followed by World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico three days apart.

This weekend's games won't likely change their opinion about who'll be called up, but they'll have their fingers crossed that no one gets hurt. Here's who's in action this weekend and who's likely to be picked.

USA Roster:
GOALKEEPERS:
March call-ups:

David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes, Saturday vs. LA Galaxy/MLS)
*Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough, season over -- will join Atlanta United in July)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids, Saturday vs. Sporting KC/MLS)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake, Saturday vs. Philadelphia Union/MLS)
*Withdrew before Honduras game.
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Possible June call-up:
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, season over)

What to look for ...
Howard and Guzan should be locks. The only decision concerns the No. 3 keeper. Horvath, 21, won't be available for the Gold Cup because Club Brugge will have to prepare for Champions League qualifying, so this will be only time Arena and Co., will be able to bring him in.

DEFENDERS:
March call-ups:
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo, Saturday at FC Dallas/MLS)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC, Saturday at Colorado Rapids/MLS)
**John Brooks (Hertha Berlin, season over)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City, season over)
Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca, season over)
**Michael Orozco (Tijuana, season over -- injured)
Tim Ream (Fulham, season over)
Jorge Villafana (Santos, season over)
Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas, Thursday at Chicago Fire -- did not dress, 1-2 loss, Sunday vs. Houston Dynamo/MLS)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC, Saturday at Colorado Rapids/MLS)
**Withdrew before Panama game.
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Possible June call-ups:
Timmy Chandler (Ein. Frankfurt, Saturday vs. Bor. Dortmund/German Cup final)
Greg Garza (Atlanta United, Saturday vs. NYC FC/MLS)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest, season over)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, season over)

What to look for ...
Brooks, Cameron and Gonzalez are the top three choices at center back. Yedlin, who was injured in March, should start at right back, while Villafana is the first choice at left back. Ream and Zusi also started in March. Lichaj would have been called in March but he was injured. He should get the nod over Chandler.

MIDFIELDERS (11):
March call-ups:
Kellyn Acosta
(FC Dallas, Thursday at Chicago Fire -- did not dress, 1-2 loss, Sunday vs. Houston Dynamo/MLS)
Paul Arriola (Tijuana, season over)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union, Saturday at Real Salt Lake/MLS)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, Friday vs. Columbus Crew/MLS)
*Fabian Johnson (Bor. M'Gladbach, season over)
Sacha Kljestan (NY Red Bulls, Saturday vs. New England Revolution/MLS)
Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy -- injured)
**Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy -- injured)
Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire, Thursday vs. FC Dallas -- 90 minutes, 2-1 win/MLS)
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers, Saturday at Seattle Sounders/MLS)
Christian Pulisic (Bor. Dortmund, Saturday vs. Eintracht Frankfurt/German Cup final)
*Withdrew before Honduras game. **Withdrew before Panama game.
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Possible June call-ups:
Joe Corona
(Tijuana, season over)
Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC, Saturday at Colorado Rapids/MLS)
Danny Williams (Reading, Monday vs. Huddersfield Town/English Premier League promotion playoff)

What to look for ...
The injuries to Lletget and Jones, who started against Honduras and Panama, respectively, open up one starting spot to go along with Bradley, Pulisic and Nagbe, who all started both games in March. Johnson is the obvious choice, at least for the T&T qualifier. The first choices off the bench remain Bedoya and Acosta. The Fire's strong season makes McCarty the first pick among the MLS veterans who struggled for consideration under Jurgen Klinsmann.

FORWARDS:
March call-ups:
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC, Friday vs. Columbus Crew/MLS)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders, Saturday vs. Portland Timbers/MLS)
**Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders, Saturday vs. Portland Timbers/MLS)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes, Saturday vs. LA Galaxy/MLS)
*Bobby Wood (Hamburg, season over)
*Withdrew before Honduras game. **Withdrew before Panama game.
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Possible June call-ups:
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution, Saturday, at NY Red Bulls)
Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC, Saturday at Colorado Rapids/MLS)
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy, Saturday, at San Jose Earthquakes/MLS)

What to look for ...
Altidore and Dempsey started both March qualifiers and remain the first choices up front. Wood's availability may depend on the status of his knee injury, which he carried for the last two months of the Bundesliga season. Morris injured his ankle just before the March camp opened and has struggled since then with the Sounders (one goal in nine games). Wondo is a dependable backup, putting him ahead of Agudelo, Dwyer and Zardes, as well as C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union) and Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United), who are both having strong MLS seasons.

1 comment about "USMNT: Breaking down the June player options".
  1. Quarterback TD, May 26, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

    Trinidad win is a given however Mexico is starting to peak and will be difficult to defeat. I do not think any amount of prep work will help against Mexico the team will just need to go and grind it out for at least a draw or slight win. This will all come down to goalkeeping and a possible set play goal possibly a corner as Mexico seems to be getting better at that.

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