Pulisic, Saief, Dwyer and Jesse Gonzalez included in USMNT preliminary Gold Cup roster

Pulisic, Saief, Dwyer and Jesse Gonzalez included in USMNT preliminary Gold Cup roster

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Pulisic, Saief, Dwyer and Jesse Gonzalez included in USMNT preliminary Gold Cup roster

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup may not kick off until July 7th, but the 40-man preliminary roster was announced on Saturday evening for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Bruce Arena’s side kicks off their Gold Cup schedule a day later, facing off with Panama. Martinique and Nicaragua also round out the U.S.’s group for the upcoming competition.

The roster included most of the USMNT’s top MLS-based players, with European-based standouts being given the tournament off. The notable exception on the preliminary roster is Christian Pulisic

Among the surprises on the squad are FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, KAA Gent midfielder and Israeli-American Kenny Saief, NYCFC midfielder Tommy McNamara and Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer, a newly-minted U.S. citizen.

The U.S. will begin training camp on June 25, with a friendly against Ghana scheduled for July 1 in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Americans open the Gold Cup on July 8 against Panama.

Here is the full 40-man preliminary roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Joe Bendik (Orlando City SC), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Sean Johnson (New York City FC)

DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Jonathan Spector (Orlando City SC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Tommy McNamara (New York City FC), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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