- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber, Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe and New England forward Juan Agudelo are returning to the U.S. national team for its first training camp under coach Bruce Arena.

Arena announced 11 Major League Soccer players on Friday who will attend a training camp that opens Jan. 11 in Carson, California, ahead of a Jan. 29 exhibition against Serbia in San Diego.

“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,” Arena said Friday in a Facebook Live session as he answered fan questions.

Seattle forward Clint Dempsey, sidelined since Aug. 21 by an irregular heartbeat, is likely to attend camp in a limited capacity, and Arena hopes he could be in shape to play during World Cup qualifiers in late March against Honduras and Panama.

DaMarcus Beasley, at 34 a veteran of four World Cups, also will attend. He spent the last 2½ seasons with Houston.

“We have a shortage in the left-back position,” Arena said.

Vancouver forward Kekuta Manneh, who is from Gambia and may obtain a U.S. passport, could be at camp. He has be out since surgery in July to repair a broken bone in his right foot.

The 31-year-old Feilhaber, a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup roster under Bob Bradley, appeared in just three games under Jurgen Klinsmann, who was fired last month after losses to Mexico and Costa Rica that opened the final round of 2018 qualifying.

Nagbe, 26, made his U.S. debut in November 2015 soon after obtaining a passport but hasn’t played for the national team since the Copa America in June.

Agudelo has been a fringe player on the roster.

Gyasi Zardes, a forward with the LA Galaxy under, also was among the 10 players announced. Zardes has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his right foot in late August.

Also announced by Arena were Seattle forward Jordan Morris, New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty, Philadelphia midfielder Chris Pontius, Philadelphia defender Keegan Rosenberry and Dallas defenders Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman.

Arena said Columbus forward Ethan Finlay is not on the projected January roster.

Arena coached the U.S. from 1998-2006, then was fired and replaced by Bradley.

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