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USMNT boss Arena talks roster ahead of World Cup qualifiers

United States v Ecuador: Quarterfinal - Copa America Centenario

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 16: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan #1 of the United States defends against Ecuador during the 2016 Quarterfinal - Copa America Centenario match at CenturyLink Field on June 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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United States men’s national team manager Bruce Arena held a conference call on Thursday, spilling a bit about his plans for March’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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Arena’s first two matches back in charge of the USMNT came after a lengthy January camp, and MLS-based players for March should come from that bunch.

The U.S. drew Serbia’s B Team 0-0 and beat Jamaica 1-0.

Among the highlights:

  • Arena is comfortable starting goalkeeper Brad Guzan even if the future Atlanta United backstop isn’t playing regularly at Middlesbrough.
  • He also won’t rule out (or in) Tim Howard as he continues his recovery from surgery.
  • Arena admitted that both Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) and Paul Arriola (Tijuana) will be “seriously considered” for call-ups.
  • The coach will again be heading abroad over the next few months to watch his players based in Germany, England, and Mexico.

The U.S. sits last in its World Cup qualifying group after two matches, home to Honduras and away to Panama.

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