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Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes part of 'youthful' roster called up to national soccer team

Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes part of 'youthful' roster called up to national soccer team

The Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes is among 23 players Coach Juergen Klinsmann has summoned to the U.S. national soccer team’s winter camp, which begins Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson.

But more surprising than the players called in are the ones left out, including former captain Clint Dempsey, the team’s active leading scorer, and World Cup veterans Nick Rimando, Graham Zusi, Chris Wondolowski, Brad Evans and former Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.

The result is a young roster, with an average age under 25, as Klinsmann tries to both identify young players who can freshen an aging senior national team and prepare age-eligible players for Olympic play-in...

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