Clint Dempsey returns to U.S. squad for crucial WC Qualifiers.

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Clint Dempsey back in the USMNT squad. Picture: Matt Rourke/AP

Clint Dempsey has been called up to the U.S. squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers after missing the last four months of the 2016 MLS season with an irregular heartbeat.

Bruce Arena will manage the team next week for his first competitive games since becoming the coach for the second time.

Arena selected 24 players for his team who will face Honduras and Panama in the next two weeks as the U.S. look to bounce back after losing their opening two games of ‘The Hex’.

The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Middlesborough), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

Notable absentees from the squad are Sascha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber and Timmy Chandler. Mix Diskerud’s run with the national team looks all but over after leaving NYCFC and going Swedish outfit Goteborg on loan until August.

The guys will report to San Jose on March 19 after the MLS games this upcoming weekend.

The Avaya Stadium will host the first game on March 24 (10:30pm EST) against Honduras, Jermaine Jones will be suspended for the game. The squad will then travel to Panama for their second game that will take place on March 28 (10:00pm EST).

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