Monday, October 14, 2013

More roster shuffling

Landon Donovan's ankle and Jermaine Jones' knee got both sent home early from camp.

“Landon is still struggling with the ankle injury from a couple weeks ago, so he will go back to Los Angeles and try to get back to 100 percent,” Jurgen Klinsmann said in a U.S. Soccer release. “Jermaine’s case is more of a concern. His knee was bothering him all night but he battled through."

Matt Besler and Tim Howard also left the side to give their backups some playing time. Klinsmann tipped Clarence Goodson and Brad Guzan, respectively, to start in their places in Tuesday night's 9:30 qualifying finale against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Injuries were not cited for either Besler's or Howard's release.

Panama must beat the U.S., have Mexico lose at Costa Rica and make up three goals of differential to beat out Mexico for fourth place and the playoff spot against New Zealand.

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson joined the roster, which now looks like this:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

- Jacob Klinger

1 comment:

dikranovich said...

What a test this is going to be yak. The only thing that would have made this game tastier was if panama had split the points with Mexico the other night. As it is, there is not the same pressure on this game.

No doubt it is going to get ugly, panama is now in a must win situation, they are going to be putting it all on the line. This young American team is really going to be tested.

Gotta be a 4-5-1 to start, but I'm not excited about Evans, and Goodson lining up side by side, and you have kb in front of them. They are slow, but very smart.

If the team with the highest soccer IQ wins, USA should have it. Wow, what a rowdy game this will be