January 5, 2017
THREE HAPPY CAMPERS
McCarty, Kljestan, Robles called into USMNT camp
By Michael Lewis
|Dax McCarty will get an opportunity to impress U.S. national coach Bruce Arena in camp starting next week.
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Three Red Bulls players Thursday tapped by U.S. national coach Bruce Arena for training camp in Carson, Calif. starting next week.
Midfielders Dax McCarty, the team captain, and Sacha Kljestan and goalkeeper Luis Robles were among 32 players called into camp.
Kljestan is coming off a stellar season in which he became only the second player in Major League Soccer history to reach 20 assists in a season. Former Colombian international Carlos Valederrama is the other as he accrued a legue-record 26 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 2000.
Robles has become the iron man keeper of the league, having started and finished 140 consecutive matches.
McCarty has been the backbone of the Eastern Conference champion's midfield. He last was summonned into camp during former coach Bob Bradley's tenure.
"Honored to get the chance to represent the #USMNT again," McCarty said on twitter. "A callup and a wedding? 2017 off to a good start! Appreciate all the well wishes."
McCarty will report to camp later than planned because he is getting married this month.
"Special thanks to Bruce for letting me come to camp late," he also tweeted. "Extremely special thanks to @JenZyski for letting me leave day after our wedding."
The U.S. camp, the first under Arena's second tenure, will begin on Tuesday and run through the end of the month.
The entire roster comes from MLS, representing 15 clubs. Since the camp does not fall during a recognized FIFA international window for the release of players, only those who are not in season are available to be selected.
“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,” Arena said. “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.”
The U.S. roster
GOALKEEPERS (5): 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 (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), 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 (12): 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 (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)