December 16, 2016
A JANUARY INVITE
Arena: McCarty will be invited to LA camp
By Michael Lewis
|Dax McCarty will get another shot with the U.S. national team next month.
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As the U.S. national team's January training camp gets closer, several current and former Red Bulls players were on the mind of coach Bruce Arena Friday.
During a Facebook chat with fans, Arena said that Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty will be among several players who will be invited to the Los Angeles camp.
Also extended invitations are Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber, New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo, a former Red Bull, LA Galaxy midfielder-forward Gyasi Zardes, Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, Seattle Sounders striker Jordan Morris, D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius, Philadelphia Union defender Keegan Rosenberry and FC Dallas center backs Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman.
"We're excited about looking at some of these MLS players and see if they're going to be in position to help us in 2017," Arena said.
Arena said that he would consider using the tandem of the Red Bulls' Sacha Kljestan and Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic at central midfield.
"I think its an obvious option our team," he said. "If you played both of those players together you could perhaps look at a formation of 4-1-4-1 but there are other methods of playing them in the center of midfield. But clearly, it's what we're going to look at."
Former Red Bulls center back Matt Miazga, who is playing with Vitesse (Netherlands) on loan from Chelsea (England) won't be called into camp, Arena said, but is an option for the future.
"Not right now, but obviously we're watching his progress in Holland," he said. "We know he's on loan from Chelsea. He continues to grow as a player. He is in and out of the lineup in Holland, but getting more experience and getting better as a player. Certainly he's going to be an option down the road."
While unrelated to any Red Bull-national team discussions, Arena said that veteran DaMarcus Beasley also had been invited to camp.
"I believe he's a free agent in MLS right now," Arena said. "He's a player we've invited to camp. We have a shortage in the left back position. DaMarcus, at his age, I believe he's 34, is still a reliable steady left back. We need to look at him and see where he is right now. We still consider him as an option on our depth chart."