Dax McCarty may be heading back to January camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team, according to head coach Bruce Arena.
In a Facebook live segment with U.S. Soccer on Friday afternoon, Arena named the Red Bulls captain as one of a handful of MLS players who will be invited to January camp.
“You’re going to see many of the typical faces. If I can give you a little bit of insight, a couple of players that haven’t been around for a bit will be back in camp,” said Arena.
“An example would be Benny Feilhaber, Juan Agudelo, Gyasi Zardes, Darlington Nagbe, Jordan Morris, Chris Pontius, Dax McCarty, Rosenberry from Philadelphia, the two centerbacks, Hedges and Zimmerman, from Dallas, and so on and so forth," Arena said. "We’re excited about looking at some of these MLS players and seeing if they’re going to be in position to help us in 2017."
The January camp will have extra significance this year, as it is the first time Arena will have a chance to get players together after being named head coach by U.S. Soccer on November 22. It will also serve as the longest camp before a pair of World Cup Qualifiers in March.
McCarty, a native of Winter Park, Florida, received his first senior cap as a sub on November 14, 2009 in an international friendly with Slovakia. He has five appearances for the USMNT.
McCarty also participated in January camp in 2011 under Bob Bradley.