Bruce Arena makes six changes for upcoming Gold Cup quarterfinals

The U.S. men’s national team won their group in the CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Per tournament rules, teams are able to make up to six roster changes before the start of the quarterfinals. Here are the changes made by the U.S. coach Bruce Arena.

IN: Jozy Altidore; Michael Bradley; Clint Dempsey; Tim Howard; Darlington Nagbe; Jesse Gonzalez

The U.S. Men’s soccer team practice with Coach Bruce Arena at StubHub Center in Carson. Photos by Brad Graverson/SCNG/01-11-17

OUT: Brad Guzan; Sean Johnson; Alejandro Bedoya; Cristian Roldan; Kelyn Rowe; Dom Dwyer

“We have added some experienced players to the roster that can help us in the Knockout Round of the Gold Cup,” Arena said. “The players leaving all made a good impression, and I’m optimistic for their future with the National Team program.”

The U.S. will face a team to be determined in the quarterfinal, Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Here is the updated roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas) Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution),Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)

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Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes named to U.S. Gold Cup roster

U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena named his 23-man roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. The only Galaxy player selected was Gyasi Zardes.

Zardes started the 2017 year in the opening national team camp. He never played in the first two friendly games due to an injury.

The season hasn’t gone to plan for Zardes. He has played 12 games, started 11, but has yet to score a goal.

Zardes has made 31 appearances for the national team. He earned his first call-up in 2015.

Players began reporting Sunday.

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Weekend TV Soccer Highlights: LA Galaxy, USMNT Gold Cup roster and more

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Bruce Arena says U.S. could win 2026 World Cup

The 2026 FIFA World Cup could be memorable as the U.S., Canada and Mexico announced a joint bid to host the event.

U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena believes that event could be that U.S. fans would never forget.

In 1994, the U.S. was looked at as this emerging frontier in the game and FIFA wanted to bring the U.S. into the world’s game,” Arena said of the U.S. hosting in 1994. “In 2026, we’re going to be fully emerged into the game and a big player. I think 2026 will be the time

The U.S. Men’s soccer team practice with Coach Bruce Arena at StubHub Center in Carson. Photos by Brad Graverson/SCNG/01-11-17

where we are going to start talking about winning the World Cup. It wasn’t going to be in 1994. It wasn’t going to be in 2010. But 2026 could be our time.”

The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals under Arena in 2002. They haven’t been beyond the round of 16 since then.

“We’re one of the host countries, which is an advantage, and think about where we are going to be in nine more years,” Arena said. “hink about where we were in 1994, ’98, 2000, keep going. And think about where we will be with even nine more years in our league, nine more years of players developing around the world and then playing the World Cup in our country. I think we’re going to be positioned to be a big player by 2026.”


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Galaxy defender Hugo Arellano called into U.S. U-20 camp

Galaxy defender Hugo Arellano was on the 25-man U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team roster that coach Tab Ramos has assembled in London. The camp is the first international training camp of the year as the U.S. begins preparations for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea next month.

The U.S. is grouped with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia.

Cal goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann (Newport Beach) is also on the roster.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), James Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.), Justin Vom Steeg (Fortuna Dusseldorf; Santa Barbara, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion F.C.; Allentown, Pa.), Marcello Borges (University of Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), John Nelson (Internationals SC; Medina, OH), Keaton Parks (Plano, Texas; Unattached), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; Arlington, Mass.), Brandon Terwege (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, IL), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, IN), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, Ill.), James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday F.C.; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Yosef Samuel (Bethlehem Steel FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)

FORWARDS (6): Sebastien Des Pres (Blackpool FC; San Diego, Calif.), Felipe Hernandez (Swope Park Rangers; Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC, Tucker, Ga.), Stephen Payne (Estoril Praia; Birmingham, Ala.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Columbus, OH), Mason Toye (PDA, South Orange, N.J.)


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CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal, semifinal sites announced

The sites for the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup were announced Tuesday.

The quarterfinals will take place July 19 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and July 20 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Rose Bowl will host one of the semifinals, July 23, with the other taking place, July 22 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The final will take place July 26 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

The assigned groups and full schedule will be announced March 7

The group stage venues include: Red Bull Arena (New Jersey), Nissan Stadium (Nashville), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego), BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston), Raymond James Stadium (Tampa), Sports Authority Field (Denver), Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas), FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland) and the Alamodome (San Antonio).

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