Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for the U.S. Men's National Team's first activities in 2016 includes plenty of regulars, but it's the new boys that have us most excited.
And here in the Five Boroughs, the bulk of the elation will center upon the most unlikely call-up of all.
New York City forward Khiry Shelton will join Mix Diskerud and a host of hot Major League Soccer commodities in the U.S. camp alongside the traditional Michael Bradleys and Jozy Altidores of the world.
While Diskerud has been a mainstay in USMNT circles throughout Klinsmann's tenure with the team, Shelton's call is a pleasant surprise. When healthy, the Oregon State University product and first-ever New York City SuperDraft selection boasts a pleasing combination of size and pace. He scored a stoppage-time stunner to steal a point against Chicago on May 15th in the Bronx, and has repped on both wings in 4-3-3 setups, often appearing as a hard-running super-sub.
Time will tell -- he takes a lot of empty touches that don't always lead to anything -- but the kid may end up a proper center-forward when it's all been written. Clearly, Jurgen Klinsmann has his eye on "K19," whose time as a largely-unknown local favorite is officially dwindling down.
Here's the full USMNT roster, which will make camp this month in advance of friendlies on January 31st against Iceland and February 5th against Canada:
MIDFIELDERS: Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Jermaine Jones (out-of-contract), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Jordan Morris (Unattached), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)