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Bradley, Diskerud and Ream scratched from U.S. squad
by Paul Kennedy, March 1st, 2014 8:01PM

TAGS:  men's national team


[UKRAINE-USA] Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud and Tim Ream have all withdrawn for the U.S. national team scheduled to start gathering Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany, ahead of the friendly match against Ukraine Wednesday in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Bradley scored his first goal of preseason for Toronto FC on Saturday but will stay behind to receive treatment for what was described as a "minor issue" in order to be ready for Toronto's MLS opener on March 15. Diskerud, whose Norwegian club Rosenborg has yet to start the 2014 season, is returning to full fitness following a right hip injury suffered 10 days ago. Ream was excused for personal reasons.

The three players won't be replaced, leaving the USA with only 20 players eligible to dress on Wednesday.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton).
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading).
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (FC Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ)

  1. Christopher Tallmadge
    commented on: March 2, 2014 at 9:04 a.m.
    I think this game will be awful. The Ukrainians are probably mentally elsewhere and the ref is on a hit list. Hopefully something will be learned in training.
  1. Bill Morrison
    commented on: March 2, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.
    I agree; with all that's going on in the region, perhaps this game should be cancelled.
  1. Tim McCuen
    commented on: March 2, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.
    If the game does go forward, the U.S. players and coaches should make some show of support for the Ukraine. Is it too early to think that FIFA could step up and say that continued violation of international law could lead to relocating the 2018 World Cup?
  1. Zoe Willet
    commented on: March 2, 2014 at 3:40 p.m.
    What kind of support? What violation of international law? What does it have to do with soccer? If they refused to relocate the World Cup from UAE, where they use slave labor and the temperatures go well over 100 degrees, do you really think this would be an option?
  1. Tim McCuen
    commented on: March 2, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.
    A show of support could be anything from a minute of silence/applause to a joint photo behind a banner or Ukrainian flag. What does it have to do with football -- precious little, but that doesn't make it wrong. Nor is it unheard of for there to be political/social messages or displays prior to matches. Some have nothing to do with sport (e.g. Remembrance Day in England), while others hope for carryover effects beyond sport (e.g. the Respect and Kick it Out campaigns). As for violations of international law, take your pick from at least six articles of the UN Charter, the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which I believe became part of the Helsinki accords, and the military basing agreement Russia signed with Ukraine in 1997. Say Mexico sent troops into Texas surrounding Ft. Hood and demanding that U.S. troops in Ft. Hood retreat to Oklahoma and that the stated reason for the invasion was to protect Mexican nationals living in Texas. The 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar, a different country than the UAE. The labor conditions that have been reported are indeed deplorable and deserve more attention.

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