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Steve Birnbaum named to USA roster for Copa America Centenario

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The D.C. United center back will be with the USMNT for this summer's showcase tournament

Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer today announced the 23 players that will represent the United States at the upcoming Copa America Centenario, and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is included in the roster. The 25-year old defender will report to training camp in Frisco, TX immediately. The USMNT's first match in Group A is June 3 against Colombia, followed by a June 7th clash with Costa Rica and a meeting with Paraguay on June 11th.

Birnbaum is the second Black-and-Red player to join a Copa America roster this week, and he may end up doing battle with forward Alvaro Saborio, who made Costa Rica's roster. For United, that means being without Birnbaum for at least two games: May 27th's trip to play at Sporting Kansas City and June 1st's home game against the Seattle Sounders. If the US should advance out of a somewhat tricky group, Birnbaum will be unavailable for United's US Open Cup match on June 15th, and will likely miss June 18th's trip to Texas to face the Houston Dynamo as well.

A run to the semifinals would see him miss United's next match, which is four days later (home vs. the New England Revolution). A run to the final - I know, highly unlikely, but we're covering all the bases here - would not rule Birnbaum out of any further games, as United has a weekend off after that game against the Revs.  Kofi Opare is the overwhelming favorite to step in for Birnbaum during his absence, with players like Markus Halsti and Jalen Robinson the other options in case of injury or suspension.

The full roster is up at Stars and Stripes FC.