Kljestan, Robles highlight Arena’s 23-man roster squad for USMNT, Serbia friendly

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

There will be some familiar faces in play when the U.S. Men’s National Team face off against Serbia.

United States Men’s International Team head coach Bruce Arena has announced his official 23-player roster for the country’s upcoming friendly match against Serbia on January 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. That roster includes current New York Red Bull leaders Luis Robles and Sacha Kljestan, and now former teammate Dax McCarty. They are joined by a host of MLS talent, including former Red Bulls Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Juan Agudelo.

Arena’s roster has been completed after a week-long training camp in January that was comprised of 30 MLS players (one Liga MX and one unattached). Much like Arena’s camp roster, the USMNT’s roster primarily consists of MLS players (21). Only two players are not from America’s first division; however, both have previously played in the league: DeMarcus Beasley (unattached) and Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna in Liga MX).

Five players were released back to their clubs: Taylor Kemp, Keegan Rosenberry, Brian Rowe, Wil Trapp, and Chris Wondolowski.

The match will kickoff at 1 pm. PT and will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 and Unimas.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)