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Arena Goes All Domestic With First USA Squad

Bruce Arena’s first squad in his second stint as U.S. coach is made up entirely of Major League Soccer players.

Arena, who replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as the U.S. manager in November, called up 32 players from 15 different MLS clubs for U.S. Soccer’s annual January training camp that begins next week in Carson, California.

The camp falls outside of a FIFA international window, meaning clubs in Europe and Mexico did not have to release their players. Last year, Jerome Kiesewetter — then with German club Stuttgart — was the only player from outside MLS to attend Klinsmann’s final camp.

Arena said he was looking to find players who can help the U.S. recover from its poor start to the final round of World Cup qualifying when the “hex” resumes in March.

“The last couple of games in qualifying didn’t go well, so we’re looking for some players that are eager to get on the field and make some contributions,” he said in a Facebook chat.. “I believe our team, when you look at the entire pool, not only in Major League Soccer but abroad as well, we have enough talent to win games.

“We can score goals. Defensively, we can be strong. Our goalkeeping is solid. Our back line can play a lot better than they have, and I think our top 4-5 players in attack are talented players and depending on who we utilize, we have speed and we have players that have proven they have the ability to score goals at the international level.”

Four players — DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Chad Marshall and Nick Rimando — are still around from Arena’s last tenure with the national team, which ended after the 2006 World Cup.

Marshall and Sacha Kljestan have not taken part in a January camp since 2010, while Dax McCarty was called in for the first time since 2011. In all, 13 players return from Klinsmann’s 23-man camp a year ago.

“I thought Chad Marshall had a great year in Seattle and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in camp,” Arena said.

Arena gave a first call-up to Sebastian Lletget, his former midfielder in his previous job as LA Galaxy coach, while other uncapped players in the team include defenders Taylor Kemp, Keegan Rosenberry and Walker Zimmerman, and midfielder Chris Pontius.

Kekuta Manneh and Stefan Frei were included, though they are still in the process of completing their eligibility requirements to play in games.

“Thirty-two is a big number, for sure,” Arena said. “Typically in camps you’ll be in the 20s, probably close to 25. But as we evaluated the players in Major League Soccer I thought there were a number of players that needed to be rewarded for the seasons they had, and that’s why we’ve invited this large number into camp. At the same time, I realized that we left some players at home. It’s been a difficult task.”

Following camp, the squad will face Serbia in a friendly on Jan. 29 in San Diego (ESPN2) before facing Jamaica in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Feb. 3.

The full U.S. squad:

Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Greg Garza (Atlanta United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders: 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), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

USA Friendlies
Jan 29 in San Diego: USA v Serbia – Buy USA Soccer Tickets
Feb 3 in Chattanooga: USA v Jamaica – Buy USA Tickets

USA World Cup Hexagonal Schedule:
March 24, 2017: USA vs. Honduras
March 28, 2017: Panama vs. USA
June 7 or 8, 2017: USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago
June 11 or 12, 2017: Mexico vs. USA
Sept. 1, 2017: USA vs. Costa Rica
Sept. 5, 2017: Honduras vs. USA
Oct. 6, 2017: USA vs. Panama
Oct. 10, 2017: Trinidad and Tobago vs. USA

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Kevon Robinson June 23, 2016, 8:34 am

    Argentina with Messi is one of the leading teams in Copa America… Enjoying this tournament very well this season!!!

  • Raymond L. February 18, 2015, 5:07 am

    It’s definitely worth paying to see how the Stars and Stripes do against a powerhouse team like Mexico’s. Nevertheless, I’m hoping that both sides won’t treat this like any other friendly.

  • Raymond L. February 10, 2015, 2:22 am

    While the Stars and Stripes are notorious for letting their guards down in the second half after going all out in the first, this match against Panama didn’t follow that same trend. And because the squad maintained their focus throughout the 90 minutes, they came away with the win—certainly a breathe of fresh air after that disappointing loss to Chile a week ago.

    • David February 10, 2015, 8:31 am

      Totally agree although I put part of the Chile defeat down to the fact that the players had not played since November and are not fully fit yet.

  • Rishab February 10, 2015, 1:20 am

    Congrats USA !!

  • Jose L Rodriguez August 10, 2011, 9:50 am

    I have 2 tickets ofr tonight game at the Lincoln financial field between Mexico and USA for sale.
    Section 128, row # 2 seat # 1 and # 2. Asking $ 70.00 each. I can send them by email

    You acn cal me at 609-802-7126 if interested

    Let me knoe if you are interested

  • K. Everett June 3, 2011, 7:45 pm

    I have two tickets to the USA v. Spain game for Saturday June 4th. The tickets are for the Club section, section 34, row19, seats 19 and20. The tickets values are 495.00 each and a five dollar handling fee. This is face value for the tickets. Club seating gives you great seats, waitstaff, extra wide leather seating, all indoors, on a hot day nothing like a cold beer in controlled air! Tickets available until game time! Game time is four thirty.

  • Jake garrison April 19, 2011, 9:51 pm

    It would be awesome to see US take on Spain in Massachusetts

  • Milly Concha April 5, 2011, 10:01 am

    Please let me know when tickets go for sale.Thank you very much!

    • David Wilson April 6, 2011, 9:17 am

      Expect them to go on sale sometime in April, but waiting to get the official date from US Soccer

  • Richard Marnoch December 6, 2009, 11:42 am

    Can anyone tell me the schedule and venues for the Mexico national teams warm up games in the US in 2010.

    • David Wilson December 6, 2009, 8:09 pm

      Mexico’ s schedule has not yet been released. When it is released we will let you know

  • mario February 13, 2009, 8:35 pm

    Hi congrats to the US team they play great against Mexico i hope the US keeps on the supremacy against Mexico for years to came, but I’m from Honduras and i hope that we do a lot more than Mexico to take a least one point home, but if not i would just like to see national team for the first time here in Chicago.

  • Dave February 12, 2009, 8:42 am

    When will the venue for USA vs Honduras be decided and announced and when will tickets go on sale? What a win vs Mexico! It was great to see so many foreign based players! Our defense looked a bit suspect however. Hopefully that will improve with time, otherwise things will be same-ole-same-ole come cup time!

    • David Wilson February 12, 2009, 9:43 am

      Hi Dave. The U.S. will play Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago. I would expect tickets to go on sale in early May.

      • Debby March 13, 2013, 9:23 am

        Just announced – The US will play Honduras June 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah

  • andy January 22, 2009, 1:45 pm

    can someone please tell me when are they going to post the venue for the games between usa and trinidad april 1st,and when the tickets go on sale.

    • David Wilson January 22, 2009, 3:53 pm

      Andy, I would expect that announcement sometime late next month

  • don January 16, 2009, 1:01 pm


    i have tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • David Wilson January 16, 2009, 2:13 pm

      Congrats on getting the tickets Don. Hopefully it will be a good game

  • lonnie January 10, 2009, 5:19 pm

    I also need to know when the US vs MEXICO tickets will be on sale. I need 15 tickets. Please can someone let me know as soon as they find out. I have gone under every aval. site.

    • David Wilson January 11, 2009, 4:47 am

      Unless you are a Crew ticket holder or belong to something like Sam’s army Lonnie, it looks like a ticket reseller like StubHub is your only choice for tickets to the game

  • Alejandra Gutierrez January 1, 2009, 2:07 am


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