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USMNT Roster Released for Copa America Centenario; Two Rapids Players Make It

The 2016 Copa America Centenario roster is out and there is a slight tint of Burgundy to it

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Untied States Men's National Team released it's roster for the 2016 Copa American Centenario and the Colorado Rapids saw two of their players make the team.

The roster in its entirety:


Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)


Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)


Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

For Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard, making the team is not much of a shock.  Jones is in outstanding form for the Rapids and provides a midfield destroyer (that can play a #10 role now) which translates well into the National Team.  Howard has not played much for his former club team, but he was someone that was always going to make the team.

There are a few talking points with this roster (as there always are):

1)  Brad the Starter: Guzan will carry the #1 shirt and the starting job into the tournament.  He has been playing for a woeful Aston Villa team and it appears that Jurgen Klinsmann values that more than Howard not playing.  But it would not be too much of a stretch to see Howard play at some point especially if Guzan struggles.

2)  Jordan the Snubbed: I was very surprised to see Jordan Morris not get called for this one.  He has been having a good first year in Major League Soccer and he seemed to have a guaranteed spot.  Alas, he is not going to Copa and Chris Wondolowski is.  It is not as if Wondo is in bad form (7 goals this year) but it is still a shock to see Wondo fancied over Morris.

3)  Horvath the Future: Nick Rimando did not make this team and with the age of Howard and Guzan you have to wonder who the next goalkeeper is in line.  With this call-up is Ethan Horvath the #1 in waiting?  Time will tell, and Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson may have something to say about it, but for now: Horvath is the number 3 keeper.

The 2016 Copa America Centenario kicks off on Friday, June 3 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California as the USMNT takes on Colombia.