[USA-PANAMA] The USA arrived in Seattle to prepare for Tuesday's World Cup 2014 qualifier against Panama. Because of injuries and suspension, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann may be down to as few as 21 players for the game. For those Landon Donovan fans out there, Klinsmann said that he had no plans to
add any players.
Graham Zusi, who started in Friday's 2-1 win over Jamaica, is suspended for the Panama game. Jermaine Jones left Friday's game with a concussion and did not train with the team on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Instead, he worked on a bike, tweeting that he won't play on Tuesday. U.S. Soccer will have him evaluated by a neurologist Monday as part of the protocol for players with concussions.
Klinsmann said that Danny Williams, who did not play in either of the recent U.S. friendlies or dress against Jamaica, has been released to head off on summer vacation.
“It’s a case where it’s every day catching up, catching up and we looked at him,” Klinsmann said. “We decided with the coach at Hoffenheim to release him, let him go on vacation, get him some rest and start the next season a fresh foot.”
Williams had not played for Hoffenheim for the last two months of the Bundesliga season.
Herculez Gomez, who
has suffered from a knee contusion, also did not dress in Kingston. Gomez was on the field for training on Sunday, though Klinsmann had said Saturday night it would likely be "too early" for Gomez to
be fit to go against Panama.
Maurice Edu was scratched from the team shortly before the series of five matches began because of a sports hernia condition he had.
Brek Shea left the team to continue his rehabilitation in Dallas. There is a chance he could be recalled for game against Honduras June 18 in Utah.
If Gomez does not dress, that would leave the USA will only 21 players available for Monday's game. Teams can dress up to 23 players -- three of them keepers -- for qualifiers.
Said Klinsmann, "We're covered for Tuesday."
In Jones' place, Klinsmann will probably go with Geoff Cameron, who came on for Jones in Kingston. In Zusi's place, Klinsmann had multiple options: Sacha Kljestan, Joe Corona and Eddie Johnson.
“It’s a pity because he’s in really good shape right now,” Klinsmann said Zusi's suspension. “Not only is he providing great assists for Jozy [Altidore], but his overall game is really sharp. It’s a bummer for him, but this is what happens. There are enough players on our roster that can cover him up."
CROWD UPDATE. There were still about 6,000 seats available for Tuesday's game. The capacity for Tuesday's game was capped at 42,000. The Seattle Sounders opened the upper deck for Saturday's Cascadia Cup match against Vancouver and drew more then 53,000.