When Bruce Arena was hired in November as head coach of the U.S. men’s national team, he pledged to integrate players who were somewhat forgotten during the Jürgen Klinsmann era.
The New England Revolution are benefitting from this new mindset, as striker Juan Agudelo has made the 23-man roster the USMNT’s friendly on Sunday vs. Serbia. The match will take place at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, which previously housed the San Diego Chargers.
While there’s no guarantee that Agudelo will feature against the Serbs, he’s surely booming with confidence ahead of the Revs’ 2017 season.
He spent the last month or so in the USMNT’s annual January camp in Carson, California. To close out the 2016 season, Agudelo scored six goals in New England’s last nine matches across all competitions.
In January camp, Agudelo also scored this sweet flying volley.
So, will Agudelo add to his three-goal haul with the USMNT?
We’ll find out on Sunday, as kick off is set for 4 p.m. EST. The match is being broadcast nationally on ESPN2 in English and on UniMás in Spanish.
Here’s the full USMNT roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)