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McCarty's U.S. call-up, Kljestan's snub illustrate the pair's divergent fortunes

Taylor Twellman suggests Bruce Arena's squad for the next World Cup qualifiers could be the strongest U.S. squad in years.
Former Chicago Fire forward Brian McBride assesses how Bastian Schweinsteiger has adapted to an attacking role in MLS.

The news that Dax McCarty has been called into the U.S. squad ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers, while Sacha Kljestan has not, is a reminder that the fortunes of the two -- which once seemed to be inextricably linked -- have now diverged for good. McCarty's great start with Chicago and Kljestan's struggles to deal with McCarty's absence in New York and the expectations of the captaincy have defined the opening third of the season for each player.

There was a time when international...

How will the USMNT line up for crucial World Cup qualifiers?

Taylor Twellman suggests Bruce Arena's squad for the next World Cup qualifiers could be the strongest U.S. squad in years.
Kasey Keller breaks down what he thinks the United States' lineup should be in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

In November, the United States took no points from its first two final-round World Cup qualifiers for the first time ever. Panic ensued. Our Soccer Power Index (SPI) put the U.S. chances to qualify for the 2018 World Cup at 56 percent.

Jurgen Klinsmann and his mysterious ways were then replaced by Bruce Arena, who has brought the expected stability to both the roster and the CONCACAF standings. After taking four points from two games in March, the U.S. now sits in fourth place, one point out of an automatic World Cup spot.

Arena has called in a veteran-dominated group of 27 players for training camp, with the next pair of critical qualifiers looming June 8 and 11.

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