U.S. makes major roster moves, adds Bradley and Dempsey for final stage

Marco Green
July 18, 2017

Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Darlington Nagbe and Jesse Gonzalez were called in as U.S. Gold Cup replacements for the knockout rounds.

Departing camp are midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe, forward Dom Dwyer and goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Sean Johnson.

The U.S. national team have called up the big guns for the knockout stages of the 2017 Gold Cup.

On Sunday, Bruce Arena made six moves to his roster, as allowed per the CONCACAF Gold Cup rules, bringing in some big-time players. "The players leaving all made a good impression, and I'm optimistic for their future with the national team program", Arena said via a press release from U.S. Soccer.

Four of the most experienced players in the current U.S. MNT player pool, Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Howard each bring more than 100 caps worth of worldwide seasoning to the U.S. squad for the Knockout Round.

Among the arrivals are Dempsey, who will continue his quest to break Landon Donovan's record for career USA national team goals, as well as Gonzalez, who will join the US team for the first time since filing a one-time change of association with FIFA after having previously represented Mexico on the youth level.

McCarty has started 15 matches and logged 1,350 minutes with three assists in his first season with Chicago (11-3-5, 38 pts.), who stand level on points with Toronto FC for first place in the Eastern Conference and Supporters' Shield standings.

Many are annoyed that Dom Dwyer wasn't kept around after providing a cutting edge, while Kelyn Rowe also impressed but both have returned to their respective MLS clubs in a deal which may have already been discussed before the Gold Cup given that other key members of Sporting Kansas City (Matt Besler, Graham Zusi) and the New England Revolution (Juan Agudelo) have remained with the US ahead of MLS' return this Wednesday.

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