UPDATE: U.S. Soccer released this statement after announcing the planned Qatar portion of the training camp was being moved:
Due to the developing situation in the region, U.S. Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men’s National Team’s scheduled January training camp. In the meantime, we are working on alternative arrangements in preparation for the match against Costa Rica on February 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. We are working with the Qatar Football Association to find an opportunity in the near future for our team to experience Qatar’s world-class facilities and hospitality.
Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan were both among the 25 players called into the United States men’s national team January training camp. The main portion of the camp will run from Jan. 5-25 in Doha, Qatar, and the camp will officially conclude with a friendly against Costa Rica on Feb. 1 in Los Angeles.
As usual, the roster is heavily dominated by MLS players. Traditionally, U.S. Soccer uses this camp as a chance to call in players who are outside the normal group and it is often used as a way to give younger or overlooked players an extended look.
For the most part, this roster fits that profile. All but three of the players are based in the United States and 14 MLS teams are represented. FC Dallas (three) is the only team with more representation than the Sounders. Morris (39 caps) will actually be the second-most capped player in camp, trailing only Gyasi Zardes, while Roldan (19) will be the fourth-most capped.
The downside is that this likely means Morris and Roldan will miss the first two or three weeks of Sounders’ training camp, which is scheduled to open on Jan. 14 at Starfire and moves to Southern California from Jan. 19-29. They would likely rejoin the Sounders when the team returns to the Seattle area from Feb. 1-5.
Although MLS teams have the ability to decline call-ups since this camp falls outside of an official FIFA date — and Atlanta United apparently did just that with Miles Robinson — the Sounders have never made a habit of declining USMNT requests. Both Sounders players have also previously expressed a desire to report to USMNT camp whenever they’re given the chance.
USA ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
DEFENDERS (8): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; 0/0), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 10/0), Chase Gasper (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 16/3), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 11/2)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Christian Cappis (Hobro; 0/0), Bryang Kayo (Unattached; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 13/2), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; 1/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 19/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 6/0)
FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 32/5), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 5/0), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 39/10), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 55/12)