In the early afternoon on Thursday, United States Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena took to the press to recap the country’s recent January Camp and two international friendlies.
Arena began by addressing his concerns from his team’s first international friendly against Serbia, stating that his team did not look “sharp enough or coordinated enough to break them [Serbia] down.” Although he was disappointed with his side’s first effort, Arena seemed to be pleased with the performance in their 1-0 win against Jamaica.
In the draw, the new American head coach praised both the defense and team’s passing ability, even though he saw the playing conditions “not perfect.”
Someone who played in that praiseworthy defense was none other than FC Dallas’ Walker Zimmerman. Although touched on briefly, Arena stated that Zimmerman, quote on quote, “did well.”
Following his match and camp recap, Arena discussed his desires for the country’s upcoming World Cup Qualifier in March; most importantly, his desire to make a squad.
Arena claimed that he had a pool of 40 players (many from January’s camp) that he is currently looking at. This list comprises of players ranging from Europe, North America, and Mexico.
Arena did not comment on any FC Dallas players, but he did state that many players from the January Camp will be looked at. FC Dallas players who competed in the camp were Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, and Zimmerman.