Soccer

Dempsey, Howard, Cameron back on US roster for qualifiers

  • FILE - In this June 11, 2016, file photo, United States' Clint Dempsey reacts after scoring against Paraguay during the first half of a Copa America Group A soccer match in Philadelphia. Dempsey was selected for the U.S. roster by coach Bruce Arena on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    FILE - In this June 11, 2016, file photo, United States' Clint Dempsey reacts after scoring against Paraguay during the first half of a Copa America Group A soccer match in Philadelphia. Dempsey was selected for the U.S. roster by coach Bruce Arena on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, United States' Tim Howard covers the goal during a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Mexioc in Columbus, Ohio. Howard was selected for the U.S. roster by coach Bruce Arena on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, United States' Tim Howard covers the goal during a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Mexioc in Columbus, Ohio. Howard was selected for the U.S. roster by coach Bruce Arena on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 25, 2016 file photo shows United States defender Geoff Cameron (20) plays the ball during the Copa America Centenario third-place soccer match against Colombia at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Cameron was selected for the U.S. roster by coach Bruce Arena on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

    FILE - In this June 25, 2016 file photo shows United States defender Geoff Cameron (20) plays the ball during the Copa America Centenario third-place soccer match against Colombia at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Cameron was selected for the U.S. roster by coach Bruce Arena on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)  (The Associated Press)

Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron are back on the U.S. roster after lengthy layoffs as coach Bruce Arena made large-scale changes, hoping to spark the Americans to a rebound in World Cup qualifying.

The U.S. coach from 1998-2006, Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November after a 0-2 start in the final round. For the first competitive matches of his second stint, he selected just 13 of the 26 players on Klinsmann's final roster.

Six players earned selection with their performances during Arena's January training camp: defenders Jorge Villafana and Walker Zimmerman; midfielders Kellyn Acosta, Sebastian Lletget and Dax McCarty; and 37-year-old goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

Fourteen of the players are from Major League Soccer, up from 10 in November.

The U.S. hosts Honduras on March 24 and is at Panama four days later.