Bruce Arena has called up 24 players for this month's key World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. As is often the case with USMNT selections, there are both relief sighs and worry wrinkles.
Of course, my prayer to see Villafaña's name on the list was answered. On the other hand, I'm disappointed not to see Yedlin (or at least Lichaj) - seeing as how FabJO is listed in attack, I suppose Cameron and Orozco are the right back options. I'm also surprised that one of Feilhaber or Kljestan is nowhere to be found.
The boss looked to have quite the call to make in goal, but I'm assuming Howard's successful return made it a lot easier.
G - Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
D - DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)
M - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
F - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
- Greg Seltzer