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Lee Nguyen Left Off United States Copa America Roster


Jurgen Klinsmann hates fun.
Jurgen Klinsmann hates fun.
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his 23-man roster for the 2016 Copa America tournament this summer.

New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen was cut from the preliminary roster and will not be a part of the team during the 100th anniversary of the South American tournament.

Brad Guzan will be the starting goalkeeper for the Americans over Tim Howard and U23 Olympic star Ethan Horvath. Fabian Johnson being listed at defender could mean he's in line to start at the problematic left back position.

Up front, Jozy Altidore will miss the tournament with a hamstring injury, which means call ups for MLS veterans Chris Wondolowski and Clint Dempsey though it could be Bobby Wood in line for the starting role after a stellar campaign in the German second division.

The midfield sees stalwarts, Michael Bradley, former Rev Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya and Kyle Beckerman anchor a midfield that also gets an infusion from new creative players like Darlington Nagbe and Christian Pulisic.

Interesting additions to the team include Graham Zusi who hasn't been a regular since the 2014 World Cup cycle and Perry Kitchen in an already group already full of holding center mids. Michael Orozco's versatility likely gave him the nod over centerbacks like Omar Gonzalez and utility man Tim Ream.

The obvious omissions would include Nguyen and striker Jordan Morris, as the Seattle striker has been in fine form after a slow start to his rookie MLS campaign. The Revolution will be represented at the 2016 Copa American as Jamaican defender Je-Vaughn Watson was called up to represent the Reggae Boyz.

The United States begins Group A play on June 3rd against Colombia in Santa Clara, California. The USMNT plays a friendly tomorrow in Puerto Rico with a European based team as MLS and LigaMX playoff teams have not yet released players for the summer competition.