IMAGE: Birnbaum USMNT Copa Roster

D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum has been named to the U.S. Men's National Team final roster ahead of the Copa America Centenario this summer.  Birnbaum, 25, has made 54 league appearances for the Black-and-Red, played more than 1800 minutes in his first two years in MLS and was a rookie of the year finalist in 2014.  


The California native has four caps for the national team, making his World Cup Qualifying debut against Guatemala in March of this year.  He scored his first international goal against Iceland on January 31, heading home a Michael Bradley corner in stoppage time to earn the Red, White and Blue a dramatic victory at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.  


"I'm super thankful for the opportunity," Birnbaum said. "This is one of the biggest tournaments and I'm glad I can be a part of it and represent my country."


Birnbaum will join the team in Dallas on Monday, May 23, along with all the other MLS-based players.


U.S. Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), 12-Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), 22-Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)


DEFENDERS (8): 5-Matt Besler (Sporting KC), 3-Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), 6-John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), 20-Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), 21-Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), 23-Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), 14-Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)


MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (12): 15-Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 8-Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), 13-Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), 16-Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), 10-Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), 17-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), 18-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), 7-Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), 20-Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), 19-Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)