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Do any Revolution players deserve a call-up for U.S. vs. Portugal?

Breaking down the three likeliest candidates.

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In two weeks, the U.S. Men’s National Team will return to action for the first time since losing to Trinidad & Tobago on October 10. That match ended the Yanks’ World Cup bid. Now, the team—and the nation behind it—must start anew.

That pursuit will begin on November 14 in Almancil, Portugal, when the U.S. visit the Selecção das Quinas.

For that match, interim U.S. coach Dave Sarachan will likely select a roster that reflects a “changing of the guard” from veterans like Tim Howard, Alejandro Bedoya and DaMarcus Beasley to youngsters like Ethan Horvath, Weston McKennie and Brandon Vincent.

Do any Revolution players belong in the mix? These three have a chance:

Kelyn Rowe

Last U.S. appearance: July 15, 2017 vs. Nicaragua
Likelihood of making the roster: Moderate

There’s no two ways about it: Rowe shined during his first-ever USMNT call-up for last summer’s Gold Cup. In a sloppy U.S. match against Panama, Rowe served as a Man of the Match candidate while picking up a clever assist. He scored his first international goal a few days later against Nicaragua.

Rowe’s age (he’ll be 30 when the 2022 World Cup kicks off) could prevent him from becoming a long-term option, and his health (he recently missed two months of action with a knee injury) might keep him off the roster this fall. But given his success at the Gold Cup, Rowe should continue to compete with youngsters Paul Arriola and Kenny Saief for future call-ups.

Soccer: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-USA  at Panama
A strong showing at this year’s Gold Cup could help Rowe earn a spot on the next USMNT roster.
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Lee Nguyen

Last U.S. appearance: Feb. 5, 2016 vs. Canada
Likelihood of making the roster: Low

Over the past three years, Nguyen has made the most of his international playing time. When given an opportunity, the creative midfielder has looked dangerous with the ball at his feet and has shown a knack for setting up his teammates in dangerous attacking spots. That skill never seemed to impress Bruce Arena, though, as Nguyen failed to make an appearance under the former U.S. gaffer.

Could that change in a new U.S. system? Fresh off a strong MLS campaign—Nguyen reached double-digits in both goals (11) and assists (15)—the Texas native could add a veteran presence to a roster that figures to skew young.

If Nguyen does get a call, he’ll have to make an immediate impact in camp and in match play. Younger midfielders like McKennie, Arriola and Kellyn Acosta seem poised for increased roles, making the 31-year-old Nguyen expendable if he doesn’t prove himself right away.

Juan Agudelo

Last U.S. appearance: July 15, 2017 vs. Nicaragua
Likelihood of making the roster: Low

Unlike Rowe, Agudelo struggled to make an impact during last summer’s Gold Cup. Though he offered occasional creativity, the Colombian-born forward failed to provide the consistent attacking spark Arena hoped to see. Unfortunately, Agudelo’s tough stretch continued after the Gold Cup ended, as he struggled to find his form with the Revolution and struggled to earn minutes during the final stages of World Cup Qualifying.

Based on potential and age (he’s still just 24), Agudelo should linger on the list of USMNT hopefuls. But as it stands now, it seems unlikely that he would beat out second-tier forwards like Dom Dwyer and Jordan Morris for regular call-ups.