USA's Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin / USA Today
TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the 40-player preliminary roster for the 2016 Copa America Centenario on Sunday, and 13 of those players have PDL ties.
The forward group includes Columbus Crew SC’s Ethan Finlay (Chicago Fire U-23), Seattle Sounders FC’s Jordan Morris (Sounders FC U-23) and the LA Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes (Ventura County Fusion).
At midfield are Heart of Midlothian’s Perry Kitchen (Chicago Fire U-23), the Portland Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe and Sporting Kansas City’s Graham Zusi.
The defensive group incorporates the most PDL ties with five: D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum, Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron, Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj (Chicago Fire U-23), Fulham’s Tim Ream (Chicago Fire U-23) and Sunderland’s DeAndre Yedlin (Sounders FC U-23).
The goalkeeping contingent includes Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan (Chicago Fire U-23) and Molde’s Ethan Horvath.
The final 23-player roster needs to be turned in by May 20 to the Local Organizing Committee.