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Bruce Arena brings back some veterans for crucial World Cup qualifiers

Bruce Arena brings back some veterans for crucial World Cup qualifiers

A dozen years have passed since Bruce Arena last called up a U.S. team for World Cup qualifying. Yet a few of the same names were on that roster and the one Arena summoned Wednesday for the next round of qualifiers, which begin next week.

Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley, veterans of that 2005 team, were among a handful of surprise picks for this year’s team, which will play Honduras on March 24 in San Jose before meeting Panama four days later in Panama City.

The U.S., which lost its first two games in the final hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, needs at least a win and a draw in the two games to get comfortably back on the road to Russia 2018. The top...

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