[USA MEN] Two U.S. national team starters, Jozy Altidore and Brad Evans, are injured and their status for the Costa Rica and Mexico World Cup 2014 qualifiers is uncertain.
Altidore injured his hamstring in practice and did not dress for Sunderland's 3-1 loss at
Crystal Palace. It was planned that he fly to Miami, where the USA has set up camp, to be evaluated before his status for the qualifiers could be determined.
Evans injured his left calf
and had to leave early in the first half of the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win at Columbus, where the start of the game was delayed for two hours by bad weather.
Evans' Sounders teammate,
Clint Dempsey, played the whole game, but his back tightened, which he attributed to the delay. Eddie Johnson, the Sounders' third national team players, left the game as a precautionary measure in the second half with what was reported to be soreness in his hamstring.
Usually, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann waits until after weekend play to reveal his camp roster, but he announced on Thursday the 23 players he
planned on bringing in to Miami.
In March, four players were injured (Jonathan Spector, Timmy Chandler and
Jose Torres) or took ill (Danny Williams) on the weekend before reporting to camp for the first set of Costa Rica and