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Donovan and Shea ruled out of qualifiers
by Paul Kennedy, October 9th, 2012 5:32PM
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TAGS:  fc dallas, los angeles galaxy, men's national team, mls, world cup 2014


[USA MEN] A day after Jurgen Klinsmann said "it looks very good" for Landon Donovan, who was injured in Saturday's Los Angeles Galaxy match against Real Salt Lake, U.S. Soccer announced that Donovan and Break Shea have been  ruled out of the upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers. The announcement follows further evaluations conducted by the U.S. Soccer medical staff on Tuesday morning in Miami. Klinsmann has indicated that no immediate replacements will be added to the roster, leaving him with 22 players in camp and few options on the outside in midfield.

Donovan was expected to have an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday but flew to Miami reportedly because he felt his knee was doing much better. He will return to Los Angeles later on Tuesday to be further evaluated by Galaxy doctors.

Shea entered camp with an abdominal strain that he kept him sidelined for FC Dallas since Sept. 29.

"It's unfortunate for Landon and Brek that they won't be able to play," said Klinsmann in a statement. "Landon was very optimistic over the weekend when his knee was feeling much better, but now he needs time to recover. We knew Brek was a question mark coming in, and now we have a clear picture of where he stands. We feel confident that the group we have will get the job done."

With Jose Torres also injured and young Josh Gatt just returning from an injury, the USA is short on wide midfielders. Klinsmann had recalled Sacha Kljestan from Belgian champion Anderlecht even though he has not started in any of its last four games.

The only other wide players in camp are Graham Zusi and Joe Corona, who have one start between them -- Zusi's excellent game against Jamaica in Columbus -- in World Cup qualifying.

Jermaine Jones is an option as a wide player, but he too has been injured. Klinsmann termed Jones' injury as "minor" even though the German-American has not played in Schalke 04's last three games.

Another option for the left side of midfield: start Edgar Castillo or Fabian Johnson, both of whom have played as left backs under Klinsmann but can play wide in midfield.

The loss Donovan and Shea leaves Klinsmann with only five MLS players among the 22 players at the Miami camp.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Tottenham), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders).

Friday: Antigua & Barbuda-USA in North Sound, Antigua (beIN SPORT, 7 pm ET).
Tuesday: USA-Guatemala at sold-out Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. (ESPN2, WatchESPN and the Univision family, 7 pm ET)

1 comment
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: October 10, 2012 at 6:59 p.m.
    Defense should be good, we're full strength there. 2 clean sheets will go a long ways for us. Williams as holding mid. Bradley central. Fabian left mid (yes I would put Castillo at L back). Corona right mid. Gomez and Dempsey up top. Should be a good attacking group of 6.

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