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Bruce Arena announces USMNT roster for Gold Cup that blends youth with experience.
The tournament, which won’t count very heavily for most of the team’s loyal fans, gives Arena the chance to try out younger or untested players in a competitive environment while providing meaningful minutes to A-team players who haven’t featured much recently.
“There are some guys like Matt Besler, Dax McCarty and a little bit of the same case with Graham Zusi — they’ve been with us most of the year and haven’t had extensive minutes,” Arena said. “I think there’s a great opportunity for these guys to lock down roster positions for our [World Cup Qualifiers] in September and October as well. It’s good to have them.”
Arena’s team has an average cap total of just 16, making it the second-least experienced team — by that metric — that the U.S. has brought to the Gold Cup since 2000. But that’s likely to change after the group stage. Arena called in none of his senior-team core, like the European-based Christian Pulisic, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks or Bobby Wood, opting to rest them. And he didn’t include some of his Major League Soccer stars like Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey or Jozy Altidore either.
But Bradley, Howard, Pulisic, Dempsey and Altidore are all on the preliminary 40-man roster, meaning they could be drafted into the team for the knockout rounds. Arena will have a 24-hour window after the group stage concludes to make six changes and he is expected to bring in some or all of those players ahead of the quarterfinals.
“I will wait and see how the tournament develops before I make any of those decisions,” Arena said. “We clearly have a number of players that we can consider bringing in and we will do that, but we want to see how we get through group play.”
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