Arena Calls 26 For USMNT September 2017 Roster
The number of games left in the final round of World Cup qualifying is down to four. It feels like it’s been a long road after starting the Hex with two losses and a coaching change. Since Bruce Arena took over, the U.S. is 2-0-2 and up to third place in the standings. They’re in good position to qualify now if form holds. We’re here to review the USMNT September 2017 roster called in for this round of games.
The September games are not guaranteed wins by any stretch. The Stars & Stripes face Costa Rica at home September 1 before traveling to Honduras for a game September 5. Getting three points in every game is always the goal, however. The 26-player squad began training Sunday with that on their minds.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Hedges, Eric Lichaj, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafana, Graham Zusi
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, Cristian Roldan
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Chris Wondolowski, Bobby Wood
Bruce Arena’s squad again relies heavily on domestic talent and CONCACAF experience. There are 18 MLS players on this roster. Also, 18 players on this team played on the U.S. Gold Cup championship team earlier this summer. Six members of this team carry yellow card cautions into this round of games so if Altidore, Arriola, Bedoya, Besler, Bradley or Cameron are booked, they’ll need to serve a one-game suspension. Finally, on goal watch, Clint Dempsey is tied for the all-time American goals lead with Landon Donovan so if he scores this month, he’d set a new record at 58. You can read Bruce Arena’s question and answer session about the USMNT September 2017 roster at this link.
What To Watch For
September is the toughest round of games remaining for the United States. With the USA in third place on eight points, Costa Rica sits just ahead of them with 11 while Honduras sits in fifth place with five points. With Costa Rica up first, the U.S. should be looking for revenge. They went to Costa Rica and were blown away 4-0 back in November. This game is at home and Arena is undefeated since taking over the team again. Three points for a home game is not an unreasonable ask for this team. On the other hand, Honduras is not as strong as they have been in recent years. The United States beat them 6-0 in their home match. Road games are tricky in CONCACAF but this team won’t be looking to make excuses. They want all six points from the September round of qualifying. Two wins would likely punch this team’s ticket to Russia.
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