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Gyasi Zardes named to U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup roster

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Galaxy midfielder makes 40-man preliminary squad

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Los Angeles Galaxy Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Positive news for Gyasi Zardes.

Even though the LA Galaxy midfielder has yet to find his form in 2017 following long recoveries from foot and knee injuries, U.S. head coach Bruce Arena has named Zardes to his 40-man preliminary roster for the Gold Cup.

This is encouraging to hear. Bruce is right next door, so he as well as anyone ought to have an idea about Gyasi’s fitness. Calling him up suggests that internally, Zardes will roll into form in due time.

Full roster

Goalkeepers: Joe Bendik (Orlando City), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Sean Johnson (NYCFC)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Greg Garza (Atlanta United), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Jonathan Spector (Orlando City), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Tommy McNamara (NYCFC), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (KAA Gent), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), CJ Sapong (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)