Bruce Arena Names USMNT January Camp Invitees

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 06:  Michael Bradley #4 of the United States makes a pass during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago at EverBank Field on September 6, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The United States men's national soccer team will meet for its first January camp since the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann, and new manager Bruce Arena has invited 32 players, the team's official website announced Thursday.

The roster for the camp, which begins Jan. 10, features 32 players, all from MLS:

U.S. January Camp Roster
David BinghamSan Jose Earthquakes
Stefan FreiSeattle Sounders FC
Bill HamidD.C. United
Nick RimandoReal Salt Lake
Luis RoblesNew York Red Bulls
DaMarcus BeasleyUnattached
Steve BirnbaumD.C. United
Brad EvansSeattle Sounders FC
Greg GarzaAtlanta United FC
Matt HedgesFC Dallas
Taylor KempD.C. United
Chad MarshallSeattle Sounders FC
Keegan RosenberryPhiladelphia Union
Walker ZimmermanFC Dallas
Graham ZusiSporting Kansas City
Kellyn AcostaFC Dallas
Alejandro BedoyaPhiladelphia Union
Michael BradleyToronto FC
Benny FeilhaberSporting Kansas City
Jermaine JonesUnattached
Sacha KljestanNew York Red Bulls
Sebastian LletgetLA Galaxy
Kekuta MannehVancouver Whitecaps FC
Dax McCartyNew York Red Bulls
Darlington NagbePortland Timbers
Chris PontiusPhiladelphia Union
Will TrappColumbus Crew SC
Juan AgudeloNew England Revolution
Jozy AltidoreToronto FC
Jordan MorrisSeattle Sounders FC
Chris WondolowskiSan Jose Earthquakes
Gyasi ZardesLA Galaxy

Since the camp does not fall within an officially recognized international break, notable stars who play in Europe, such as Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, are not included on the roster.

However, the biggest story is the addition of veterans who have experience playing under Arena. DaMarcus Beasley, 34, and Chad Marshall, 32, are especially notable. Dax McCarty, 29, who hasn't been capped since 2011, is also set to participate.

McCarty likely didn't expect an invite, as the start of camp interferes with his wedding:

Dax McCarty @DaxMcCarty11

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 πŸ‘πŸ»

Dax McCarty @DaxMcCarty11

Special thanks to Bruce for letting me come to camp late. Extremely special thanks to @JenZyski for letting me leave day after our wedding πŸ˜‚

The camp roster features a few players for whom fans have been calling to get a chance with the team, including Benny Feilhaber and Darlington Nagbe. Young players such as Sebastian Lletget, 24, and Kekuta Manneh, 22, will also get their first taste of senior team experience.

On the other hand, Chris Wondolowski is set to make another appearance, much to the dismay of many fans.

Doug McIntyre of ESPN FC noted an interesting omission, however:

Doug McIntyre @ByDougMcIntyre

No shock that Chris Wondolowski is on Arena’s first #usmnt roster. One minor surprise, sort of, is no Dempsey after Arena said he’d be in.

Clint Dempsey will apparently not be involved after missing time with a heart condition.

Arena, who took over for Klinsmann in November, coached the national team from 1998 to 2006. The USMNT's first match under new leadership will be a friendly against Serbia on Jan. 29, followed by a match against Jamaica on Feb. 3.

The squad will then resume CONCACAF qualifying play for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a match against Honduras on March 24.


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