New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga and Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe have earned their first call-ups to the US national team, as coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Friday the roster for November's CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
Game One of the semifinal round is set for November 13 against St. Vincent & the Grenadines and kicks off at Busch Stadium in St. Louis at 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás and UDN). The team will then travel to face Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 17 (6:30 pm ET; beIN Sports, NBC Universo).
"I think we're all excited about starting up World Cup Qualifying toward 2018," said Klinsmann, in a video posted to USSoccer.com. "Every time you say the words 'World Cup,' it means so much to everyone involved that it gets you pumped up."
A total of 13 players from the group have earned caps in previous World Cup Qualifying runs with Jozy Altidore (26), Michael Bradley (24) and Tim Howard (29) leading the way. Also notable returnees are Fabian Johnson, whom Klinsmann dismissed from camp last month, and Orlando City SC's Brek Shea, listed as a defender.
Ten players will look to make their debuts in World Cup Qualifying competition.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham FC), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Club Leon), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)