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Four reinforcements called in
by Paul Kennedy, September 7th, 2013 9:37PM
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[USA MEN] U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added four players --  Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, San Jose Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson and Tigres midfielder Jose Torres -- to the roster for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Mexico.

They replace Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron -- all serving one-match suspensions for yellow cards picked up Friday night against Costa Rica -- Michael Bradley, who has been ruled out after suffering a left ankle sprain during warm-ups prior to the start of the Costa Rica game, and John Brooks, who has been released back to his German club, Hertha Berlin.

Of the four players brought in, Goodson is the most likely player to start, in place of Besler. The only other center back in camp is Michael Orozco, who started at right back against Costa Rica.

Torres played the first half Saturday night in Tigres' 3-3 tie with Guadalajara. Corona dressed but did not play in Tijuana's 3-0 win over Veracruz. Both Goodson and Davis were scheduled to play Sunday in MLS.

One player who did not get a call is Belgium-based Sacha Kljestan, who is spending the weekend in New York.

The 22 players in camp are one short of the maximum a team is allowed to dress for a World Cup qualifier.

Bradley had an MRI Saturday afternoon, and a full evaluation will be complete Sunday. He sprained his ankle when the turf at the Estadio Nacional gave way under his planting foot as he was completing shooting practice.

Hertha Berlin had said earlier in the week that Brooks would be released after the Costa Rica match.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Jose Torres (Tigres), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders).


5 comments
  1. Kent James
    commented on: September 8, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.
    That turf certainly looked dangerous (so it does not surprise me that Bradley was injured by it). I don't know if they had a lot of rain prior to the game to make it soft, but players were having a lot of trouble keeping their feet, and there were huge chunks of turf torn up. If they plan to continue to play important games in that stadium, they need to stabilize the turf.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: September 8, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
    Time to stop whining. It is what it is; players get injured. It's no time to panic from the media or the fan base, other players need to step it up, and if they can't hasta la vista.
  1. Joseph Pratt
    commented on: September 9, 2013 at 9:12 a.m.
    Where's Wondo??
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: September 9, 2013 at 9:41 a.m.
    The team performance would have left Wondo begging for service. It's not about the one player, it's about the team effort which was less than mediocre.
  1. Kent James
    commented on: September 10, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.
    I w, who's whining? I didn't say the US lost because of the turf, but it was clearly a problem (for both teams). It seemed liked players slipped and fell more in that game than in the snowbowl. And given that Bradley was injured by it, and at least one other player (Cameron?) also seemed to roll an ankle on an innocuous play (I think he was just dribbling, the turf gave way and he fell awkwardly), improving the turf seems reasonable.

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