The United States’ men’s national team begins 2018 World Cup qualifying this month with the opening matches of the CONCACAF semifinal round. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called his 23 player roster for the matches against St. Vincent & the Grenadines on Nov. 13 followed by Trinidad and Tobago on Nov. 17.
Klinsmann continues to work to expand the player pool and has called U-20 World Cup veteran Matt Miazga and Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe to their first camp with the senior team. But for the most part this is an experienced side with 13 players have earned caps in previous World Cup qualifying cycles.
The most notable player missing is Clint Dempsey. The Seattle Sounders forward is still involved in the Major League Soccer playoffs and it made sense to keep his focus with his club and give some new faces a look.
“At this point in time, I want to give the younger strikers a chance to prove themselves and this is a good stage to do it,” Klinsmann told US Soccer. “I communicated with Clint about it and it’s all fine.”
U.S. Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham FC), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Club Leon), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)