New York City fans got a pleasant surprise when the U.S. Soccer Federation revealed the rosters for the men's senior, U-23, and U-20 sides earlier this afternoon.
Khiry Shelton got picked; Mix Diskerud didn't.
Shelton, who's begun to make a name for himself as an impact sub for the Sky Blues -- and was the team's top draft pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft -- was selected for the U-23 U.S. men's national team. That team doubles as the U.S. Olympic Squad, and it's aiming for Rio in 2016, after failing to qualify for the 2012 in somewhat humiliating fashion.
They will be playing Bosnia & Herzegovina and Denmark.The team will train from March 23-26 and then face Bosnia’s U-23 National Team on Friday, March 27, in Tuzla, before travelling to face Denmark on Tuesday, March 31.
Meanwhile, New York City dodged a bullet as Mix was left off the senior squad, which will be playing Denmark on Wednesday, March 25, before playing Switzerland on March 31. USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann instead opted for selecting a European-heavy midfield. This matters, because New York City will be playing Sporting Kansas City at home next Saturday, and the team's midfield is still very much a work in progress.
Instead, Kreis is faced only with the prospect of missing Shelton; while he's been a key contributor, it's entirely possible for his role off the bench to be replicated by players like Thomas McNamara or Tony Taylor or Patrick Mullins.
Congratulations are in order for Shelton. Here's hoping this is the first of many appearances for the USMNT.New York City's top draft pick is already making his mark for the club; now he gets to do it for his country.
Here are the full rosters for the senior and U-23 squads.
U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
U.S. U-23 MNT ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Charlie Horton (Cardiff City; Cleveland, Ohio), Tyler Miller (Zweibrücken; Woodbury, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (5): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (unattached; San Jose, Calif.), Ariel Lassiter (LA Galaxy II; Temecula, Calif.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): Alonso Hernandez (Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Alfred Koroma Shams (Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC; Leander, Texas)