Tim Parker of Hicksville, N.Y. will get an opportunity to earn his first U.S. cap. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
CHICAGO – There is little doubt acting U.S. men’s national head coach Dave Sarachan is looking toward the future.
Monday he called in 30 players into the team’s annual January camp, half of which have never been capped.
Players will report to the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. Wednesday.
The camp will is dominated by Major League Soccer players as all but two of the participants are with teams in the league.
The only two non-MLS players are goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who is with Midtjylland (Denmark) and forward Rubio Rubin, who is unattached.
How young is the team? The 30 players combined for 130 appearances and 19 goals and 21 players are 24-years of age or under.
LA Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes, who has scored six goals in 37 international appearances, leads the roster in both categories.
Familiar names called in include Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams, Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Tim Parker of Hicksville, N.Y. and a former St. John’s University star, and New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo, a former Red Bull.
Camp will culminate with an international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Jan. 28 (9:30 p.m. ET).
“We’re excited about our 2018 January Camp roster. It’s all about the future and opportunity,” Sarachan said in a statement. “We clearly feel that we want to have a look at these players that have the chance to be a part of the National Team for a number of years to come. It’s a long journey forward, but this is the first step starting in 2018 for the program and for these players to now get experience at this level.”
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 4/0), Cody Cropper (New England Revolution; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 3/0), Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 0/0), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire; 1/0), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club; 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 15/2), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0), Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Ian Harkes (D.C. United; 0/0), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 1/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 2/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 37/6)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 27/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC; 4/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 24/5), Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; 4/0), CJ Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 3/0)