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Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake called to respective national teams

The Union players will represent the United States and Jamaica respectively in the 2017 Gold Cup

David Musante - Brotherly Game

Alejandro Bedoya and Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union both received call-ups today to the final 23-man Gold Cup rosters for USA and Jamaica, respectively.

Bedoya is one of 16 MLS players to make Bruce Arena’s Gold Cup roster and will be the most experienced player on the roster with 60 international appearances.

His Union teammates CJ Sapong and Chris Pontius were named to the preliminary 40-man roster, and are available as potential replacements for the six changes allowed before the quarterfinals.

Blake has been the starting goalkeeper for Jamaica since the start of 2018 World Cup qualification and has 24 caps including starts at last year’s Copa America Centenario.

Bethlehem Steel’s Cory Burke was on Jamaica’s preliminary roster and could be available for a change if head coach Theodore Whitmore needs one.

The USA are in Group B with Panama, Martinique and Nicaragua, while Jamaica is in Group C with Curacao, Mexico and El Salvador. The USA will kick off their Gold Cup campaign against Panama on July 8 in Nashville while Jamaica will do so the next day against Curacao in San Diego.

Here is Bruce Arena’s full USA roster:


GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 54), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 39), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11, Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 6), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 47)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 8), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 60), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 17), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 6), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 0), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL; 0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 31)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 15)