Garza, Guzan make U.S. Gold Cup prelim roster


Garza, Guzan make U.S. Gold Cup prelim roster

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Greg Garza is shown in this file photo.

Atlanta United fullback Greg Garza and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are on the 40-man preliminary roster for the U.S. men’s national team’s participation in the Gold Cup.

The roster must be cut to 23 players by June 27. The U.S. tied Venezuela 1-1 in a friendly on Saturday in Sandy, Utah.

Garza scored his first goal for Atlanta United in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Vancouver . He has 10 appearances with the U.S., including most recently in January. Guzan isn’t eligible to play for Atlanta United until the secondary transfer window in July. He is currently with the U.S. team as it trains for upcoming World Cup qualifying games. He has 53 appearances with the U.S.

The U.S. will begin training for the Gold Cup on June 25 in Nashville. It will open the tournament against Panama June 8 in the Music City, will play Martinique on July 12 in Tampa and then Nicaragua on July 15 in Cleveland.

The U.S. is expected to advance out of the group stage in the tournament. The U.S. has won the Gold Cup five times.

GOALKEEPERS (6): Joe Bendik (Orlando City SC), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Sean Johnson (New York City FC)

DEFENDERS (12): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Jonathan Spector (Orlando City SC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (15): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Tommy McNamara (New York City FC), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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