On Wednesday, the United States Men's National Team announced its roster for the 2016 January camp in preparation for two friendlies later in the winter. The complete roster:
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)
Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Jordan Morris (Unattached), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
The January camp has traditionally been used for younger, US based players and this camp is no exception. There are more than a few key veterans that were not called into camp (Clint Dempsey, Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman) with the focus being on that younger player.
Also, as you can tell, not a single Colorado Rapids player got a call-up. I had felt that Dillon Serna or Clint Irwin might warrant a call-up but, and if we are being honest, Serna did not have the best of years. His playing time was erratic at best and this could be a contributing factor to his form. As for Irwin, there are a number of good keepers in the United States and it is hard to argue with the call-up of Hamid and Robles.
So what do you think Rapids fans? Are you bummed about the lack of Rapids in the January camp? Or is this a blessing in disguise? Let us know your thoughts below!