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Pulisic, Dempsey and Bradley headline U.S. World Cup qualifying squad

5:36 am AEST 29/5/17
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Fresh off winning the DFB Pokal with Borussia Dortmund, the 18-year-old was named to the national team squad for World Cup qualifying camp

Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey headline a full-strength squad for the U.S. national team's upcoming training camp ahead of a pair of World Cup qualifiers.

There are no surprises among Bruce Arena's 27-man squad, with injured midfielder Jermaine Jones the only regular missing from the group. The squad will convene in Denver ahead of a friendly against Venezuela and qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico.

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Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson and John Brooks are in the squad after enduring injury issues that kept them out of the March qualifiers. Bobby Wood also is back in the fold, though the forward is coming off a long season with Hamburg that reportedly required him to take painkillers to play as he coped with a knee injury.

All of the players called in have at least one previous national team appearance, with Matt Hedges (1 cap), Ethan Horvath (1), Jorge Villafana (4), Paul Arriola (4) and Kellyn Acosta (5) having the fewest caps.

A modest surprise is the inclusion of 35-year-old DaMarcus Beasley, who was limited to one four-minute cameo during the winter friendlies after being a part of the January training camp. The four-time World Cup participant joins Villafana and Chandler among the team's left back options.

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The U.S. will train in Colorado this week before facing Venezuela on Saturday in a friendly in Utah. That will be followed by a return to Colorado to take on Trinidad and Tobago at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on June 8. The Americans will then travel to Mexico City to face El Tri at Estadio Azteca on June 11.

Arena's men are in fourth place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, with Trinidad and Tobago in last place and Mexico in first.

Here is the full roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)