Jan 8, 2018
Dave Sarachan names 30-player roster for annual January Camp at StubHub Center
With a “focus on the future,” Acting U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan has called 30 players to Carson, Calif., for the annual January Camp. Players will report Jan. 10 to the National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
Some of the USA’s most promising young prospects are expected to be on display in the friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on FS1 and UniMas. Tickets are available for purchase here. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer) and Instagram (@ussoccer) accounts.
“We’re excited about our 2018 January Camp roster. It’s all about the future and opportunity,” said Sarachan. “We clearly feel that we want to have a look at these players that have the chance to be a part of the National Team for a number of years to come. It’s a long journey forward, but this is the first step starting in 2018 for the program and for these players to now get experience at this level.”
Included in the roster is LA Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes, earning his fourth consecutive January Camp call-up. With 37 caps, Gyasi Zardes is the most experienced player at the international level, followed by Juan Agudelo (27), Jordan Morris (24) and Paul Arriola (15). Zardes, a graduate of the LA Galaxy Academy, is one of 19 players on the roster with ties to a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 4/0), Cody Cropper (New England Revolution; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 3/0), Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 0/0), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire; 1/0), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club; 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 15/2), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Ian Harkes (D.C. United; 0/0), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 1/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 2/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 37/6)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 27/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC; 4/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 24/5), Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; 4/0), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 3/0)
Most encouragingly on this roster, the group is heavily populated with players moving through the development pipeline, starting with Youth National Team experience. Twelve players have been included on the final U.S. roster at a FIFA Youth World Cup, including recent U-20 MNT graduates Danny Acosta, Tyler Adams, Justen Glad and Brooks Lennon, who were part of the team that reached the quarterfinal of the 2017 U-20 World Cup. In addition, 19 players have U.S. Soccer Development Academy ties.
This time of year one normally sees a notable amount of young and uncapped players and this time around it’s even more pronounced. A total of 50 percent of the roster is hoping to make their international debut at the end of the month, while 10 are getting their first taste of a senior National Team camp. Youth is well served, as 21 players on the 30-man squad selected are 24- years-old and younger.
With 28 of 30 players coming from MLS, a total of 19 teams from the domestic league are represented. Three clubs contribute a trio of players to the roster, starting with 2017 MLS Cup champion Toronto FC and goalkeeper Alex Bono, defender Justin Morrow and first-timer Marky Delgado. Real Salt Lake send U-20 World Cup veterans Acosta, Glad and Lennon, while D.C. United is represented by debutantes Russell Canouse and Ian Harkes alongside midfielder Paul Arriola, who stands in rarified company as one of only 10 players in U.S. history to score goals in each of his first two games for the MNT.