United States announces 23-man Gold Cup roster

Rosalie Stanley
June 27, 2017

"It's a good roster with a nice blend of experienced, veteran players and a good group of newcomers as well", Arena said.

Pulisic is unlikely to be among them: His Bundesliga employer, Borussia Dortmund, dives into preseason matches in a few weeks and, although clubs can not block call-ups for a confederation championship like the Gold Cup, Arena seems inclined to let him work in Germany before rejoining the national team in late August for World Cup qualifiers.

The U.S. has won the tournament five times, most recently in 2013.

"I don't think I have to make that point to them, I think they're well aware of that", Arena said Monday after the team's first practice at Lipscomb University.

Tournament play begins on July 8 against Panama at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nine players on the 23-man roster have spent time with clubs in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The European-based players who usually play for the national team have been given time off from their national team duties until World Cup qualifying resumes September 1 against Costa Rica. However, they can still be called up as roster replacements for the tournament's knockout rounds or as injury replacements up to 24 hours prior to the team's opening match. However, coaches of the quarterfinal teams are allowed to make as many as six changes after the group stage.

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Four debutants including Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe made the cut. The group of possibilities includes Dempsey, Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley and forward Jozy Altidore and Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe. "They need to know me, I need to know them".

The 25-year-old Zardes, a former standout at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, has played 31 games with the USA men's national team, scoring six goals. "I'm cognizant of our goal in hand, which is to win the Gold Cup".

Eric Lichaj, a full-time starter at outside back for English second-division Nottingham Forest.

Dwyer, Roldan and Saief, who switched his worldwide allegiance from Israel to USA, also are newcomers to Team USA. And he finds nothing awkward about competing with teammates all angling for the same thing - a World Cup spot.

The team consists of 16 players who play for Major League Soccer teams, four who play in Mexico, two in England and one in Belgium. "So if you're not on your A-game I don't think you'll be playing many games".

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