As with seemingly every United States men’s national team camp, the initial roster called in isn’t always the one that makes it to match day. That’s already the case for these upcoming friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand as two roster-related news items have already come out of camp.
First of all, Alejandro Bedoya has been forced to withdraw from the roster with a strained rib muscle he picked up in the Philadelphia Union’s match this past weekend. While this may not seem like much of an issue, with an ever-increasing competition for midfield spots, it could open the door for someone to take his starting spot come next month. It’s tough luck for the veteran.
Then there’s the case of John Brooks. German outlet Kicker is reporting that Brooks will only play for the USMNT against Cuba before making his return to Hertha Berlin.
It was a bit of a surprise to even see Brooks on this roster as he’s just now getting back from injury and these two friendlies not having much meaning. However, Klinsmann apparently worked out a deal with the Hertha management to have him come in and play one match.
Two big names both will be missing for next week’s New Zealand match. It should open up some interesting lineup choices. Who would you like to see get a chance?