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Copa calls could cost Sounders two road matches

Seattle midfielder Clint Dempsey, shown here in weekend action against Philadelphia, among three Sounders on USMNT preliminary roster for Copa America Centenario.
Seattle midfielder Clint Dempsey, shown here in weekend action against Philadelphia, among three Sounders on USMNT preliminary roster for Copa America Centenario. Associated Press

Sounders Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Brad Evans are included in the United States national team preliminary roster for Copa America Centenario.

Major League Soccer is going dark for a couple of weeks for the start of the tournament, but coach Sigi Schmid said the training camp could cost Seattle some of its players during a two-game trip May 28 and June 1 to New England and D.C. United.

“It’s just the way it is,” he said. “I think our guys that get called in probably miss the New England game, and the D.C. game, and then we’ll see. It depends on how far the team goes, and that will determine the other situations. It was something that we knew was going to happen. We weren’t going to be able to stay completely clear of that.

Schmid said his players would remain through the May 21 visit of the Colorado Rapids.

“Yeah, the MLS guys are supposed to be here for the Colorado game,” he said. “The European guys come in I think in a little earlier, and the MLS guys go in after that weekend.”

Here’s the first call-in release from U.S. Soccer:

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has submitted the 40-player preliminary roster for the historic 2016 Copa America Centenario. Tournament rules require the final 23-player roster to be turned in no later than May 20 to the Local Organizing Committee. All the players on the final list must come from the preliminary roster.

The U.S. will begin training camp May 16 in Miami and play three preparation matches in advance of their opener against Colombia on June 3 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The U.S. will play Puerto Rico in Bayamón on Sunday, May 22 (12 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas, UDN), in the first of three warm-up games for the U.S. heading into the Copa America Centenario in June. Following the trip to Puerto Rico, the USA will face Ecuador on May 25 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2 and UniMas) [and Bolivia on May 28 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (7 p.m. CT; FS1 and Univision networks)


GOALKEEPERS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (15): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea FC), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (8): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund),Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy).