Jozy Altidore (pictured) scored six goals in 10 games for the USA in 2016. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)
CHICAGO – United States head coach Bruce Arena has extended invitations to 32 players for a training camp that opens on January 10 at the National Training Center in Carson, California.
It will be the first training camp under Arena’s guidance since he replaced Jurgen Klinsmann last November.
The entire roster is comprised of players from Major League Soccer clubs. In the group are nine World Cup veterans, including Toronto FC teammates Michael Bradley (126 caps/15 goals) and Jozy Altidore (99/37).
As part of the preparations for March’s resumption of the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Americans will also host friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica on January 29 and February 3, respectively.
"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," said Arena, who is in his second spell in charge. "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."
GOALKEEPERS: 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: DaMarcus Beasley (no club), 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: 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: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)