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Cameron Called Up for Qualifying; Agudelo Left Behind

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It was a mix of good and disappointing news for regional soccer fans as Attleboro, Mass. native Geoff Cameron was called up by the U.S. for the next round of World Cup Qualifying while Revolution striker Juan Agudelo did not make the 24-man roster.

Cameron has played in 19 Qualifiers during his career, and recently returned to action with Stoke City (EPL) following a knee injury. Agudelo was called up for the U.S.’s January camp, but will not join the team for its upcoming Qualifiers against Honduras on Mar. 24 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. and Panama in Panama City on Mar. 28.

“We put together a roster that we think has balance and one that gives us an option in playing a number of different ways,” U.S. head coach Bruce Arena said in a team release. “It’s a roster where the primary rationale is to help us be successful in these two games, but we’re also looking down the road and bringing in some young players that we think have an opportunity to be an important part of the National Team program as well. Our approach to these games is simple: We want to win.”

Players will begin reporting to San Jose on Sunday.

U.S. MNT Roster by Position (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough/ENG; 13/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 33/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER; 2/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 19/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 12/0), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 2/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; 0/0)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 1/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 6/0, Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 31/5), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 15/1), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy; 16/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 0/0), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 3/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 5/2)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 33/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 36/13), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 3/0), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 8/3)

3 Comments

  1. Rick Sewall

    March 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    The four forwards selected have a higher work rate than Juan. It is too bad because Juan has talents they don’t have.

  2. Robert

    March 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

    It is also disappointing that Lee Nguyen was not called. He offers alot of playmaking abilities which the National Team could use – the same with Benny Feilhaber. I don’t understand the constant infatuation with Michael Bradley who seems to play more than a strictly d-mid position.

  3. Rick Sewall

    March 18, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Finding a strong and speedy defensive midfielder like Ngolo Kante of Chelsea could be a way to go. His presence means they can get away with using three backs and five players focusing mainly on offense. He is a big reason for the team’s turnaround.

    In this big land there has got to be one somewhere, a thought which leads to the problem of effective scouting, hard to find no matter how big or small the country. How did so many teams miss out on Vardy?

    I agree that Bradley is lacking in offensive creativity. My wife thinks he makes too many mistakes.

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