While a bulk of the 31 players on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s January Camp roster will be playing under head coach Bruce Arena for the first time, seven invitees have seen time with the MNT manager before.
Take a brief look at the role Arena has played with each of them.
DaMarcus Beasley (2001-2006)
Two years after winning the Silver Ball at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Beasley was handed his MNT debut by Arena as an 18-year-old in a 2-1 friendly win against China on Jan. 27 2001. A featured piece on the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup squads, Beasley helped the U.S. to CONCACAF Gold Cup titles in 2002 and 2005 and earned 61 of his 123 total MNT caps during Arena’s first tenure as U.S. head coach.
Nick Rimando (2002-2006)
A member of the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, Rimando’s strong play for Miami Fusion and D.C. United over his first three M.L.S. seasons led to Arena handing him his MNT debut in a 2-0 friendly win against El Salvador on Nov. 17, 2002. A halftime substitute for Tim Howard in that match, Rimando earned three caps under Arena, including his first start and clean sheet in a 2-0 friendly victory against Wales on May 26, 2003.
Chad Marshall (2005-2006)
A finalist for the 2004 M.L.S. Rookie of the Year after a stellar season with Columbus Crew SC, Chad Marshall earned his first National Team invite early in 2005. The center back joined the small club of U.S. players to score in their MNT debuts when he headed home the second goal in a 3-0 friendly win against Colombia on March 9, 2005. Marshall made four total appearances under Arena that year, including Final Round World Cup Qualifying matches against Guatemala and Panama.
Michael Bradley (2006)
The MNT’s current captain, Bradley got his international start with Arena under interesting circumstances. After playing his first half season with Dutch club Heerenveen in 2006, the 18-year-old midfielder was invited as a guest player to the MNT’s final training camp leading up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Arena rewarded Bradley for his contributions by giving him his international debut in the closing minutes of a 2-0 victory against Venezuela on May 26. Two days later, Bradley earned his second cap in the USA’s final sendoff match, a 1-0 win vs. Latvia.
Jozy Altidore; New York Red Bulls (2006-2007)
While he hasn’t played for Arena at the international level, Altidore did spend one-and-a-half seasons with him early in his career at the New York Red Bulls. Drafted by the club in January 2006, Altidore actually earned his first professional minutes under Arena in September and went on to tally three goals in seven appearances during his rookie season. The forward’s nine goals for the Red Bulls in 2007 helped lead to his MNT debut that November, coming on as a substitute for Bob Bradley in a 1-0 friendly victory at South Africa.
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Gyasi Zardes; LA Galaxy (2013-2016)
While a wealth of stars passed through the LA Galaxy during Arena’s time in charge, one of his top signings came in the form of Academy product Gyasi Zardes. Joining the Galaxy ahead of the 2013 season, Zardes had a breakout season in 2014, tallying 16 goals and two assists on the way to the club’s record fifth M.L.S. Cup title. Rewarded with his MNT debut the following January, the Hawthorne, Calif., has been a constant with the U.S. team ever since and should be the player most familiar with Arena coming into his second tenure in charge.
Sebastian Lletget; LA Galaxy (2015-2016)
Signed by Arena to bolster the Galaxy midfield in 2015, Lletget delivered eight goals and 10 assists in 51 appearances for LA the past two seasons. Along with Zardes, the former U.S. youth international and West Ham United product should have an easy transition with the new National Team boss as camp convenes.
Brian Rowe; LA Galaxy (2012-2016)
Having joined the LA Galaxy in the middle of 2012, Rowe had been a steady backup goalkeeper for Arena until last season when he won the starting job. The 28-year-old performed admirably, going 12-5-4 while keeping nine clean sheets. Though not part of the original January Camp roster, Rowe joined as an injury replacement for Stefan Frei on Jan. 14.