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Klinsmann: 'We're covered for Tuesday'
by Paul Kennedy, June 9th, 2013 12:18AM
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TAGS:  men's national team


[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.

  1. Roland Barral
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 7:45 a.m.
    Klinsmann can be such a knucklehead. His stubborness in not incorporating Donovan into his strategic plans is baffling. The injury to Jones and the red carding to Zusi were the perfect opportunities to bring Donovan back into the lineup, yet still allow Klinsmann to save face with the public. Time for Klinsmann to put aside his personal feelings and look out for the good of the team.
  1. Roland Barral
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 7:48 a.m.
    Correction -- No red carding of Zusi, but rather a one game suspension for accumulated yellow cards (and soft yellows at that).
  1. Wayne Root
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 8:01 a.m.
    I'm no fan of Landycakes, but what is that Klinsmann has against him? He seems to be ready on all occasions to say that Cakes will not be on the roster.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 8:21 a.m.
    No Landon. No Perez. They're even. May the best win.
  1. Joy Hottington
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 8:25 a.m.
    I agree. This would be an easy opportunity to bring in Donovan. I like most of what Klinsmann is doing. He's botching the Donovan situation though.
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 9:40 a.m.
    Time to rise above personal feelings Klinsi. If it is allowed, then Donovan,and Bocanegra as cover for the back 4, must be added now.
  1. Jake Lammi
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 9:48 a.m.
    If anyone honestly thinks Zusi is better than Donovan, well they are simply smoking something fierce. Landon is still the best option by far on the outside the USA has. Even if you now hate him for his most recent hiatus antics, he is still the best. His, speed, skill and experience far outweigh Zusi's. In fact there isn't anything you could find on the pitch that Zusi does better than Landon, except growing his hair longer. Klinsy knows this, and knows he can get away without having him there for any of the qualifiers, so he is setting an example or trying to show that he is "hard". If Donovan isn't first choice come next years World Cup I'd be very shocked, and Klinsmann would be out of a job after it's all said and done.
  1. Abe Stauffer
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.
    If he can bring on Stuart Holden after not playing for 2 years due to serious injuries and rehab, then he should be able to bring back Donovan after his "mental injuries" and rehab hiatus. Landon at 80% is better than any of these other midfield candidates!
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.
    Jake and Abe, you are right. Why isn't anyone asking these tough questions of Klinsmann? Klinsi must have a personal grudge against Donovan as evidenced by other players not having to clear as many hurdles to be included in the mix.Donovan is still on the list of top 5 US players, period.
  1. Jake Lammi
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
    I will never understand Klinsmann's hate toward Donovan. Maybe it's because Landon never cut it over in Germany early in his career ha. I will never understand that and his love for Kyle Beckerman. Beckerman should never see the field for the U.S. in any situation or cup EVER.
  1. Geno Genowicz
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
    I'd like to see both back on the team too. However, unless we are privy to Klinsman-Donovan discussions, we do not have all of the information needed to make such hatred and pride judgments. We will qualify, and Donovan will likely start in Brazil, as evidenced by the Gold Cup provisional roster. Patience. Allow the cycle to mature. Don't forget about Cherundolo.
  1. Bruce Gowan
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
    Why do we keep hearing about Danny Williams? He does not play for his club team and has never done anything for the USMNT. My second question is why Seattle? They are going to lay some sod over their rug and they sold 35,000 tickets. That is not impressive. In addition they are in a time zone that is out of touch with the rest of the country for a live telecast. Not good marketing of the Nat team.
  1. Roger Sokol
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 2 p.m.
    Maybe Klinsi's decision is more a vote of confidence for the players he has than necessarily a snub of Donovan. If the US stumbles, the Landycakes lovers will have a field day. But if the US comes through these games in good shape, Klinsi will have changed the future conversations about the USMNT considerably. They will no longer start and focus primarily on Donovan. It will also put pressure on Donovan to show the hunger and fire to play for the US that Klinsi wants from his players. Maybe Klinsi sees that as a key to get sustained brilliant performances out of Donovan instead of the usual "Will he show up?".
  1. david caldwell
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
    Are people watching the games? Or just commenting on players' reputations in general. Zusi was excellent in Jamaica. One of the best players on the pitch. I like Landon too. But Klinsmann is correct to go with Zusi - we all bemoan the lack of young players coming thru. And then when he plays them (Zusi, Omar, Besler, Fabian) then people still complain... Zusi is good in possession, works hard defensively, good deliveries on crosses and free kicks. I hope he gets back for Brazil, but Landon's form right now is not good enough to jump into the team tomorrow.
  1. JP Nichols
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 4:43 p.m.
    david caldwell hit it straight on-enough said
  1. Raveen Rama
    commented on: June 10, 2013 at 8:01 p.m.
    If Donovan's form is not good enough right now then I wonder if Stuart Holden's is! On Klinsman's not calling up Donovan because of Zusi's suspension, I think the coach has other reliable players whom he can use and see how they do. Perhaps they might do a better job! Only trying them will tell, even in a qualifier.
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: June 11, 2013 at 12:31 a.m.
    Jake, all things being equal, Zusi and Donovan are distinctly different players. Where Graham will stretch a defense wide and take defenders on one v one until and if he is shut-off, Donovan no longer looks to beat anyone along the flanks, and almost immediately attacks diagonal looking to pass. He pretty much stopped shooting for the Nats after SA '10. I want him in there to, but I want the Donovan that goes for glory back. The comparison you made was unfair to what Zusi has given the side in his few starts. He will only get better as long as Klinns stays with him.

  1. commented on: June 11, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
    I'm just proud of the fact that in no other sport would the comments be full of lucid, intelligent arguments...
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: June 11, 2013 at 6:44 p.m.
    David Caldwell, right on. As for why Seattle? When you see 40,000 soccer fanatics all wearing US colors and waving flags, it'll make sense. Those east coast games with 50+% away fans are a crock of crap for a home game (They might make money for US soccer but they don't give a home field atmosphere). The Northwest will supply a home field atmosphere and advantage. It'll be cool to see.
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: June 12, 2013 at 3:45 p.m.
    Seattle! What'd I say! Nice

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