Bruce Arena has cut his roster to 23 players to face Serbia on Sunday. Five players have been sent back to their clubs and will not participate going forward. They include: Taylor Kemp, Keegan Rosenberry, Brian Rowe, Wil Trapp, and Chris Wondolowski. Also, Gyasi Zardes has a minor contusion in his right knee and will not travel.
The interesting name sent home is Wondolowski. While not trying to read too much into his release, it could signify that Arena is ready to move of from the veteran striker to give the young players more chances. Most fans have scratched their heads anytime the soon-to-be 34-year-old is named to a roster. Could this finally be the end of his time with the national team?
Trapp and Rosenberry getting cut is a little surprising. Both are young players who are rated highly in MLS. It appears they still have some work to do to get minutes at the international level.
Here’s the remaining roster:
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 Villafaña (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)