The United States today revealed the 23 players who will make up the USMNT roster that will compete next month in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The official announcement came live during the Confederations Cup postgame show on Fox. Camp opens up for the USMNT this week in Nashville.
The 23-man Gold Cup roster for the USMNT:
Defenders (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Midfielders (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (KAA Gent), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
Forwards (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)
USMNT coach Bruce Arena mentioned a couple weeks ago that very few USMNT regulars would be called in for the Gold Cup and that the roster would trend MLS-heavy. With this being the final offseason before the World Cup for European leagues, Arena preferred his Euro-based regulars to get some rest and recharge before the start of the season and for the final World Cup qualifiers that will take place in September and October. That seems to be the case with the 23-man roster. Any player from the 40-man roster are eligible to be called up by Bruce Arena for the knockout stages.
Two players from the 40-man roster needed to file a one-time switch with FIFA to join the USMNT. Kenny Saief, of Belgian side KAA Gent, completed that paperwork earlier this week and made the team. FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, who was rumored to have started that paperwork, was not listed on the 23-man roster, presumably because that paperwork has not been completed. Dom Dwyer, who became a U.S. citizen earlier this year, will represent the United States for the first time.
The USMNT roster will warm up for the Gold Cup with a friendly match against Ghana Saturday, July 1st in East Hartford, Connecticut (4:45pm ET on ESPN and UniMas). They then begin the Gold Cup in Nashville on July 8th, taking on Panama in their opening group stage match (4:30pm ET on Fox and Univision).
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