January 27, 2017
MAKING THE CUT
Robles, Kljestan on USMNT roster for Serbia
Don't be surprised if you see Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles and midfielder Sacha Kljestan on the Qualcomm Stadium field when the U.S. national team takes on Serbia Sunday.
|Luis Robles is one of three goalkeepers on the U.S. team. David Bingham and Nick Rimando are the others.
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They were among 23 American players selected by U.S. head coach Bruce Arena for his first game of his second tenure as coach in San Diego, Calif. (ESPN2, UniMas, 4 p.m. ET).
Former Red Bulls captain and midfielder Dax McCarty, who was sold to the Chicago Fire last week, also made the team.
One-time Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore, who with Toronto FC is poised to enter the record books. Should he play against Serbia, Altidore will become only the 17th player in MNT history to earn 100 caps and the second youngest to achieve the feat after Landon Donovan.
"I have been extremely pleased with the effort and progress we have seen throughout the January camp," Arena said. "The entire pool of players has performed well and has made our roster decisions very difficult. We are excited to take the next step and look forward to the game against Serbia in San Diego."
Five days after Sunday's game, the Americans will make their first visit to Chattanooga, Tenn. to host Jamaica at 7 p.m. Friday. The match at Finley STadium will be broadcast live on FS1 and UniMas.
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached),Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Jorge Villafaņa (Santos Laguna, MEX), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)