The United States men’s national team’s most in-form striker is going to miss the vital upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that Bobby Wood has been taken off the USMNT’s roster for the matches beginning on Friday in San Jose due to a back injury. In his place, Sacha Kljestan was added. Also added for defensive purposes is Matt Besler.
Kljestan has been added as an injury replacement for Bobby Wood (back), while Besler joins camp to bolster the #USMNT defense.— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 19, 2017
This is a tough blow for the U.S. as Wood has undoubtedly been the best American striker this season. He would’ve been counted on to produce for the team’s attack. Now the responsibility will fall back on Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.
Updated Roster by Position (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 33/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 10/1), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER; 2/0) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 19/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 12/0), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 2/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; 0/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 15/3)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 1/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 6/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 31/5), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy; 16/0), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; 18/2), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 0/0), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 3/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 5/2)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 33/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 36/13), Jordan Morris (Seattle