On Monday, US Soccer released the January camp roster for the men’s national team and one team was notably missing from having any players called into action.
You'll note the absence of FC Dallas players. I'm told FC Dallas turned down U.S. Soccer's request for its players due to preparations for the CONCACAF Champions League. All four other MLS teams in the CCL Round of 16 have players in the #USMNT camp.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 8, 2018
After the 2017 season was over, Oscar Pareja stated to the media that the team would get back to training on January 22, the day the league all begins preseason camps. But Pareja also stated at the time that players would likely get together for private training sessions before that January 22 date, something they are allowed to do as long as it isn’t under an official team function.
While it is a shock to not see Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Hedges or Kellyn Acosta called into the national team for the January friendlies, it may be a good thing considering how much time the trio lost to 2017 to call ups.
What do you all make of this news and are you happy to see them sit this camp out? Or would you rather them get some early minutes in 2018 through the national team?