USA men's national team manager Bruce Arena's first World Cup Qualifying roster is out.
MLS players Darlington Nagbe and Dax McCarty, who many felt Jurgen Klinsmann unfairly ignored, have also been named to the 24.
United States of America host Honduras on 24 March and travel to Panama four days later.
Dempsey leads a strong core of veterans called in for qualifiers the USA can't afford to lose after suffering defeats in its first two matches of the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, against Mexico and Costa Rica in November.
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The top three nations in the North and Central American and Caribbean hexagonal qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and the No. 4 team meets Asia's fifth-place finisher in a playoff for another berth.
No DeAndre Yedlin, as he is also recovering from an injury. "We know there are some good days still ahead for Clint".
"Clint has a history that is nearly second to none", said Arena via a team spokesperson.
And these are the players Arena thinks can accomplish the mission.
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"We don't want to make a habit of moving players around a whole lot, but in this case we'll probably look at Geoff as either a center back or a right back", Arena said. Yet Dempsey went the full 90 minutes in both of Seattle's games to start the 2017 MLS season, and will be available for a US team that now sits last in the final Hexagonal standings.
For fans of the New York Red Bulls, perhaps the biggest shock was the exclusion of the team's captain and midfielder Sacha Kljestan. Then they go away to Panama, which you can catch on Tuesday, March 28 at 11 p.m. ET on beIN Sports. "Jones is a different situation". "It's a roster where the primary rationale is to help us be successful in these two games, but we're also looking down the road and bringing in some young players that we think have an opportunity to be an important part of the national team program as well".
He was not included in the annual January camp for domestic players. With the USMNT already trailing Mexico and Panama by 4 points in the race for the automatic qualification spots, a win over los Catrachos and some kind of positive result against los Canaleros are viewed as more or less essential to American hopes.
Arena intends to use Fabian Johnson at left midfield, where he plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach, leaving left back options to include 34-year-old DaMarcus Beasley and Villafana, who has never made a competitive global appearance.
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Neither team will be a pushover: Honduras has qualified for the last two World Cups while Panama beat the U.S.in the third-place game of the 2015 Gold Cup.