Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes, the USA's top two contributors in 2016 with seven goals and six assists between them, are out, but U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann says
his team has plenty of firepower for World Cup 2018 qualifiers against St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
Dempsey is sidelined with a irregular heart condition
while Zardes suffered what Goal.com reported to a
broken foot that could sideline him for much of the fall.
"We have a lot of attacking options for these two games," Klinsmann said in a Facebook Q&A on Monday.
Wood, who scored in his Bundesliga debut on Saturday, and Chris Wondolowski return from the Copa Centenario team while Jozy Altidore, who will captain the USA at St. Vincent &
the Grenadines on Friday, is back after missing the Copa Centenario with a hamstring injury. Youngsters Jordan Morris and Rubio Rubio round out the USA's frontline options.
Dempsey is the big loss, having scored 13 goals in the last two years and a team-high three at the Copa Centenario. Klinsmann said the Seattle Sounders forward has a lot of specialists evaluating him
and he hopes he'll be to be cleared to play again.
"Would we need him down in St. Vincent & the Grenadines and against Trinidad and Tobago in the second game?" Klinsmann said.
"Absolutely. But he's not available, and we [want to] make sure he's going to be fine in the long run. Our thoughts are with him."