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USMNT: Klinsmann names 23-man Gold Cup roster; Morris, Shea, Hamid miss cut

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 27: Brad Davis #14 of the United States in action against Azerbaijan during their match at Candlestick Park on May 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 23-man roster for July’s Gold Cup, as the States look to confirm a slot in the 2017 Confederations Cup without a playoff by winning another title.

Ten of the 23 players would be making Gold Cup debuts, most notably AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson, Tottenham flanker DeAndre Yedlin and L.A. Galaxy attacker Gyasi Zardes.

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“Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition,” Klinsmann said in a press release. “Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

Removed from the 35-man provisional roster are:

Bill Hamid (DC United)
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)
Matt Besler (Sporting KC)
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana)
Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana)
Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana)
Perry Kitchen (DC United)
Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution)
Alan Gordon (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Jordan Morris (Stanford University)

U.S. Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (9) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/2005), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

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