Rejoining the national team in triumphant fashion is New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan who is among the most discussed names in this year’s Landon Donovan MLS MVP race. A motivated Kljestan used his resilient play in MLS to earn the call-up from Klinsmann, and will provide a dangerous option in the midfield as the American No. 10 has five goals to go along with his league-leading 15 assists this season.
Looking to make their first ever trip to a World Cup are two of the most exciting young players in the league, Homegrown Players Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) and Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas). One of the leaders for Rookie of the Year, the 21-year-old Morris makes a return to the U.S. squad after missing out on the Copa America Centenario. Since his Copa snub, Morris now leads Seattle with nine goals and ranks fourth with three assists. Acosta, meanwhile, ranks second for Dallas with five helpers this season, serving as a critical piece in the midfield and on the back line for the current Supporters’ Shield leaders. The 21-year-old has two career caps for the senior squad following an illustrious youth career including two appearances for the U.S. at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup (2013, 2015).
MLS Players named to U.S. Men’s National Team roster
Goalkeepers (1): Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)
Defenders (3): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)
Midfielders (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Forwards (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)