United States veterans recalled for WC qualifiers

The United States men's national soccer team will rely on familiar faces to resurrect its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

MLS players Darlington Nagbe and Dax McCarty, who many felt Jurgen Klinsmann unfairly ignored, have also been named to the 24. Those losses have the Americans sitting in last place in the six-team qualifying group, making the upcoming qualifiers against Honduras (March 24 in San Jose, California) and Panama (March 28 in Panama City) vitally important.

Dempsey leads a strong core of veterans called in for qualifiers the US can't afford to lose after suffering defeats in its first two matches of the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, against Mexico and Costa Rica in November.

Dempsey missed the first two matches in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation - both USA losses - as he dealt with a heart condition that sidelined him for several months overall.

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Also excluded were defenders DeAndre Yedlin and Eric Lichaj, who are both dealing with injuries.

"We know there are some good days still ahead for Clint", Arena said.

"Clint has a history that is nearly second to none. To have that kind of player available I think is invaluable". Yet Dempsey went the full 90 minutes in both of Seattle's games to start the 2017 MLS season, and will be available for a USA team that now sits last in the final Hexagonal standings.

His first competitive roster includes numerous names you'd expect on any full-strength USMNT squad list such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, and Fabian Johnson. Our approach to these games is simple: "We want to win". "We need to get three in the Honduras game and we need to go to Panama and be aggressive and get at least a point".

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He was not included in the annual January camp for domestic players.

Clint Dempsey will return to the USMNT for matches against Honduras and Panama.

The U.S. will also welcome back Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron, who sat out over four months with an MCL strain, but recently returned to the lineup. "Jones is a different situation".

Cameron strained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on October 22, returned as a late substitute on February 26 and has played two full matches since.

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