Bruce Arena: U.S. will 'strongly consider' Eric Lichaj and Paul Arriola for March qualifiers
U.S. national team head coach Bruce Arena says that Club Tijuana winger Paul Arriola and Nottingham Forest right back Eric Lichaj are under strong consideration to be called up for March's vital World Cup qualifiers.
"I think in particular Lichaj and Arriola are players that we have to strongly consider for the March camp," Arena said on a conference call Thursday. "We're going to get to see those players play in the next couple of weeks to help make some of those decisions."
Arriola is off to a strong start to the Clausura for Xolos. After a move to wing back, the California native has responded with two goals and two assists in his last four games.
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The 22-year-old earned his first senior caps with the U.S. last year, and has scored two goals in his three appearances for the Stars and Stripes.
Lichaj has developed into a regular for Championship side Forest, but was mostly frozen out of the national team picture under former manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
The Chicago native made an appearance in a friendly against Puerto Rico in May 2016, his first cap in nearly three years for the USA. Overall, the 28-year-old has made 11 international appearances since his debut in 2010.
Arena said he and his staff will travel to Germany, England and Mexico to scout players ahead of his team's crucial Hexagonal matches against Honduras on March 24 and at Panama four days later.