The Copa America Centenario is a little more than a month away, and Jurgen Klinsmann has made some intriguing decisions for his preliminary roster.
Headlining the U.S. Men’s National Team roster are Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund and Jordan Morris of the Seattle Sounders. The 17-year-old attacker has featured often in the German Bundesliga for Dortmund since the beginning of 2016, while Morris has scored three goals in his previous three games in MLS.
Perry Kitchen, who has established himself as a key contributor for Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premier League this year, also makes the cut in the midfield.
Notable names missing from Klinsmann’s 40-man roster include Brek Shea of Orlando City SC and Jorge Villafana of Santos Laguna.
Klinsmann will have to reduce his roster to 23 players by May 20, with the U.S. playing the first of three pre-Copa America friendlies on May 22 against Puerto Rico.
The USMNT begins its group stage competition against Colombia on June 3.
Here is the USMNT’s preliminary roster:
GOALKEEPERS: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea FC), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
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