U.S. Soccer touts youth with January camp squad

The U.S. Men’s National Team announced the roster Monday for its January camp, which features 15 uncapped players at the senior level and ten who have never attended a full national team camp.

The most veteran players invited to the camp are Gyasi Zardes (37 caps), Juan Agudelo (27) and Jordan Morris (24). Meanwhile, the uncapped players will include Toronto FC’s Alex Bono, Real Salt Lake’s Justin Glad, Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez, and Ian Harkes, the son of longtime USMNT member John Harkes.

Twenty-one of the invited players are under 25 years old. Notable names not on the roster include national team veterans such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.

The USMNT, which failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup, admittedly is taking a strong look at the future makeup of the team.

“Meet our youthful 30-player #JanuaryCamp squad,” U.S. Soccer tweeted Monday. “New year, new era. 21.”

“We’re excited about our 2018 January Camp roster,” interim coach Dave Sarachan said. “It’s all about the future and opportunity. We clearly feel that we want to have a look at these players that have the chance to be a part of the National Team for a number of years to come. It’s a long journey forward, but this is the first step starting in 2018 for the program and for these players to now get experience at this level.”

The January camp will include two weeks of practice in the Los Angeles area and conclude with a friendly match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Jan. 28.

With the USMNT yet to name a replacement for departed coach Bruce Arena, Sarachan will oversee the camp that features 30 players.

Sarachan, 63, acknowledged that the makeup of the camp would have been far different had the U.S. qualified for the World Cup and been preparing to travel to Russia.

“We clearly feel that we want to have a look at these players that have the chance to be a part of the national team for a number of years to come,” Sarachan said, per SI.com. “We’re trying to bring in players that are coming off good seasons, are at a good age for the future, and to give the opportunity to those that have earned that right to be a part of the program.

“Obviously, this is a unique January camp in that we’re solely preparing for the future and to give opportunity to players that have a future in the program. We didn’t bring in a lot of the veteran players for that reason.”

Goalkeepers: Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Bill Hamid (FC Midtjylland), Cody Cropper (New England Revolution), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew)

Defenders: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles FC)

Midfielders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Russell Canouse (D.C. United), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC), Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids), Ian Harkes (D.C. United), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United), Rubio Rubin (Unattached), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union)

–Field Level Media