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Dax McCarty set to rejoin U.S. national team

Dax McCarty set to rejoin U.S. national team

Even during the Chicago Fire's losing streak, Dax McCarty has remained one of the team's most consistent performers. That consistency continues to get rewarded by U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena.

Arena included McCarty in the 26-man roster for the pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The U.S. will host Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at McCarty's former home stadium, Red Bull Arena. Four days later the U.S. will travel to Honduras, always a tough place to play for the Americans.

McCarty will miss the Fire's trip to Montreal on Sept. 2, which doesn't bode well for the Fire trying to snap a four-game losing streak. The Fire lost 3-0 at Montreal on Aug. 16. McCarty would likely be available for the Fire's match against the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 9.

The Fire have lost six of the last seven and McCarty said after the loss that the team's sense of urgency "needs to be ramped up to another level."

McCarty is the only Fire player to get called up to a national team. David Accam was left off Ghana's roster and Nemanja Nikolic declined to join Hungary, instead electing to focus on the stretch run for the Fire.

Thankful for another opportunity to represent my country. 2 huge games ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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Here is the full U.S. national team roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG), Jorge Villafaรฑa (Santos Laguna/MEX), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mรถnchengladbach/GER), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER)

U.S. wins Gold Cup, Dax McCarty brings phone to trophy stand


U.S. wins Gold Cup, Dax McCarty brings phone to trophy stand

Dax McCarty sure knows how to celebrate like its 2017.

The Chicago Fire midfielder subbed on in added time of the U.S.'s 2-1 win against Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, which meant he was on the field when the final whistle was blown and the Americans claimed the title.

After the players received their medals, captain Michael Bradley lifted the trophy. McCarty brought his cell phone onto the trophy stand and took a video of the celebration. The video made it to his Instagram.

It's lit ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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The U.S. last won the Gold Cup in 2013, when the final was in Chicago, so it's fair to go a little nuts when the team wins again.

McCarty's celebration was a good one and now he rejoins the Fire this weekend after a month with the national team. The Fire play at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Dax McCarty says Gold Cup opener was his worst for club or country this year

Dax McCarty says Gold Cup opener was his worst for club or country this year

Dax McCarty has been an injection of talent and leadership on the field for the Chicago Fire this season as well as a boost to media covering the team looking for a good quote.

In his six months with the Fire, McCarty has provided killer quotes and sound bites on multiple occasions. ESPN's Jeffrey Carlisle went to the well and picked up some notable thoughts from McCarty about his performance and the national team's as a whole at the Gold Cup, which closes out group play on Sunday.

McCarty, who started the 1-1 tie against Panama and came off the bench in a 3-2 win against Martinique, said the team knows it hasn't played well yet. With the Fire, McCarty has been one of the most consistent players on the team, but his performances haven't been as solid in the Gold Cup.

"It's funny, I've been having one of the best years of my career in terms of consistency, in terms of being really good for Chicago, playing at a high level," McCarty said in Carlisle's story. "I probably had my worst game of the entire year -- with the national team or with Chicago -- against Panama. That was frustrating."

McCarty also commented on how a lot of the newcomers to the national team have "looked a little bit anxious." This doesn't sound all that different from when McCarty said the Fire still had "a long way to go" back in April.

Fans of the national team fans will be hoping the U.S. men have the same type of turnaround that the Fire enjoyed not long after McCarty's comments.