In unsurprising yet delightful news, Fire midfielder and captain Dax McCarty will be part of the USMNT Gold Cup squad.
US Soccer announced the final 23-man roster this afternoon, which predominantly features MLS players.
A 40-man provisional roster was released earlier this month and featured both Dax and Fire midfielder-cum-wingback Matt Polster. Sadly, Polster did not make the cut.
Major League Soccer is suspending play for a few weeks to accommodate the tournament, so the Fire won’t have to make do without him for any upcoming games. Their last game before the break is July 5th away at Portland, while their first game back is July 22nd on the road against NYCFC. Their next home game after the break won’t be until August 5th against the Revs.
Dax currently has six caps for the United States.
The full roster is below:
GK: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Bill Hamid (DC United), Sean Johnson (NYCFC)
DEF: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
MID: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (Gent), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FWD: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)
UPDATE: Per Orrin Schwarz at the Daily Herald, McCarty is indeed going to miss some upcoming games. He is set to be absent from Wednesday’s USOC clash in Cincinnati as well as the next two MLS fixtures against Vancouver and Portland. He is also likely to miss the NYCFC game on July 22nd, and may be excused from more fixtures depending on how much recovery time Pauno wants to give him. We at Hot Time regret the error.