In naming his squad for the final two World Cup 2018 qualifiers, U.S. coach Bruce Arena
talked with USSoccer.com about what's at stake. Here are excerpts ... "It’s a
roster we’ve selected that we believe will give us success in these next two games. We have a pretty balanced roster with experienced players and if any issues arise, I think we have cover in
all positions. We need to anticipate some issues with players with injuries, as well as suspensions." On return of English-based defenders Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin
from injuries ... "Yedlin has been playing now over the past couple of weeks, and Cameron played 90 minutes this weekend, which is a good sign. We’ll see what they
look like when they come into camp."
On the commitment it will take from his players to clinch a berth in the World Cup ...
players always give the commitment, that’s never an issue. The issue is whether or not we get the results we need, and I think we’re positioned to do that. When I took the job last
November, if you said to me 'you’d be in position in game nine to play a game at home that you had to win, would you take that?’ I would say ‘Yes.’
“In 2017 we’ve had one blip in the Costa Rica game. All the other results went along as we expected, and maybe even an extra point in Mexico. I think if it comes down to where we
need four or six points in our last two games, I think that’s fine and we’ll get it done.”