World Cup Qualifying begins for the USMNT this month in St. Louis, and Jurgen Klinsmann has called up a 23-man roster without Brad Evans or Clint Dempsey.
Klinsmann's squad for the Nov. 13 match against St. Vincent & the Grenadines -- and the Nov. 17 match at Trinidad & Tobago -- is peppered with MLS players, but teams still active in the playoffs have mostly been spared from call-ups. There were three exceptions. Portland's Darlington Nagbe and New York Red Bulls Matt Miazga both earned their first invitations to the US senior team, while D.C. United's Bill Hamid also got the call.
Although the hiatus in the MLS playoffs mean that none of these players will miss matches, they will be away from their teams during a critical stretch (assuming their teams advance), and risking injury, two reasons that the Sounders will be pleased that their regular US internationals have been left off.
Former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin has made the cut as a midfielder in the group, and Jordan Morris will also make the trip to begin the journey to qualify for Russia in 2018. Although Yedlin featured in the 2014 World Cup, both could make their World Cup qualifying debuts.
Full roster by position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham FC), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Club Leon), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)