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Fabian Johnson doesn't dress, illness shelves Bedoya
by Paul Kennedy, October 6th, 2013 4:15AM
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[USA MEN] Coach Jurgen Klinsmannneeded the weekend before naming his U.S. squad for the final two World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama, and he'll have some tough decisions as four of the 10 players who played in the last qualifier in Mexico and whose teams were in action Saturday did not dress -- Fabian Johnson, Michael Parkhurst, Alejandro Bedoya and Clint Dempsey  -- and a fifth, Jermaine Jones, did not get off the bench after being suspended by Schalke 04 for its UEFA Champions League game four days earlier.

Johnson (ankle) and Dempsey (hamstring) are injured, Bedoya is ill and was a late scratch for French club Nantes, while Parkhurst has not played for Augsburg in almost eight months.

Of the likely callups who played on Saturday, only Matt Besler and Graham Zusi came out winners as Sporting Kansas City won, 1-0, at Columbus. Besler played the entire game even though he suffered a nasty gash to his head that required stitches.

Many players are expected to start arriving in Kansas City for the start of training before the Jamaica game on Friday, but three who played against Mexico have games on Sunday: Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy, which faces Chivas USA) and Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, which will retake the lead in Norway with a win over Honefoss).

Clarence Goodson, who did not play last weekend for the San Jose Earthquakes because of a knee injury, did not have a game this weekend, but he did return to full training this week.

Klinsmann already ruled out injured Michael Bradley (ankle) and John Brooks (elbow and forearm).

He should get back Brad Evans, who missed the September qualifiers with a calf injury.

Belgian club Anderlecht reported on Friday that Sacha Kljestan -- who was not called up for the September matches -- was called up for the Jamaica and Panama games. Anderlecht plays on Sunday against Kortrijk.

Timmy Chandler, who has not played for the USA since February, will be looking for a recall after returning to the starting lineup at Nuremberg, which plays Hamburg on Sunday.

Of the players called in last month, the one who is in most danger of missing out because of his club situation is Joe Corona. He was the only one of five Americans who dressed for Tijuana Friday in its 1-0 win over Queretaro but did not play. His appearance Tuesday was the first in six Liga MX games.


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