Pulisic named to USA's 40-man Gold Cup roster

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The 18-year-old could take part in his first CONCACAF Gold Cup after being named to a squad that also includes Jesse Gonzalez and Dom Dwyer

The U.S. national team unveiled its 40-man preliminary roster for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday, with 18-year-old star Christian Pulisic included on the MLS-heavy squad.

While Europe-based regulars such as John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood were left off the experimental roster, Pulisic remains an option for the final 23-man squad.

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Bruce Arena's roster also includes a pair of high-profile dual-nationals: FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez and Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer.

Gonzalez, 22, has represented Mexico at the youth level but would be cap-tied to the U.S. if we were to play in the tournament. An England native, the 26-year-old Dwyer became eligible to represent the U.S. when he earned his citizenship in March.

The roster features eight players who will be angling for their first caps: goalkeeper Joe Bendik; defenders Justin Morrow and Matt Polster; midfielders Thomas McNamara, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe and Kenny Saief; and Dwyer.

Here is the full U.S. preliminary roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Joe Bendik, Jesse Gonzalez, Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid, Tim Howard, Sean Johnson

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DEFENDERS: Matt Besler, Steve Birnbaum, Greg Garza, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Hedges, Eric Lichaj, Matt Miazga, Justin Morrow, Matt Polster, Jonathan Spector, Jorge Villafana, Graham Zusi

MIDFIELDERS: Paul Arriola, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Dax McCarty, Thomas McNamara, Darlington Nagbe, Kellyn Acosta, Chris Pontius, Christian Pulisic, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe, Kenny Saief, Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Dom Dwyer, Jordan Morris, C.J. Sapong, Chris Wondolowski

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