The three-week camp, the first of Arena's second term as national team coach, will begin Tuesday at StubHub Center and conclude with frendlies against Serbia in San Diego on Jan. 29 and against Jamaica in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Feb. 3
Because the camp does not fall during a
Arena, who coached the Galaxy the past nine seasons, last led the national team in 2006.
Six of the players Arena named to his roster were selected for the first time in more than a year, among them defender Chad Marshall and midfielder Dax McCarty, who last played for the U.S. under Coach Bob Bradley. Also recalled was
"I don't know what that reason is," Feilhaber, who hasn't worn a national team jersey in three years, said last January. "I don't know if Jurgen doesn't like these players, he doesn't like their attitude, he doesn't like their faces, he thinks they are ugly. I don't know."
Also returning to the team is 34-year-old defender DaMarcus Beasley, who last played for the U.S. in 2015. Arena’s roster features players from 15 MLS clubs, among them nine World Cup veterans and eight MLS all-stars. Notable first-time selections include Lletget, who played two seasons for Arena with the Galaxy; Swiss-born goalkeeper Stefan Frei of the
Other surprising call-ups include
Among those missing is Seattle forward
"With games at the end of the month and the World Cup qualifiers in March, this is going to be a critical time for us," Arena said in a statement. "It's important that we come in and quickly establish an understanding of what we are about and how we go about building our team.
"As for the players, we are coming into this with an open mind, so it's a huge opportunity for them."
The U.S., currently in last place in the six-team table with eight games remaining, returns to World Cup qualifying in March with a home match against Honduras and a game in Panama.
Goalkeepers: David Bingham (
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Matt Hedges (
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union),
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution),