The United States will take on Ukraine without Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud and Tim Ream on Wednesday after all three withdrew from the team. Bradley withdrew with an injury, while Mix's club asked him not to go and Ream was excused for personal reasons. No replacements will be called up to fill their spots.
Bradley's injury is said to be minor, as U.S. Soccer mentioned that he would be staying in Toronto to receive treatment so he can be ready for the start of the MLS season. Mix's situation is a little cloudier, as he said that the club simply asked him to stay, while the U.S. Soccer release cited a minor hip injury, but regardless of the reason, he won't play. No specifics were given as to Ream's absence, but Steve Goff reported it is due to the birth of his child a few days ago.
With the trio out, Jurgen Klinsmann will have just 20 players available to him for the match, although he will have 21 in training because Julian Green will participate in that.
The absences of Bradley and Mix shouldn't hurt their standing in the team much because Klinsmann knows them both well, but it will be a knock to Ream, who had a chance to impress in his first call up since 2011. Bradley's withdrawal should give several players opportunities to impress, most notably Danny Williams. He is starting to round into form with Reading and Klinsmann has always liked him so this could be the opening he needs to force his way back onto the team. At the back, John Brooks, Will Packwood and Oguchi Onyewu all one less obstacle to playing time against Ukraine with Ream out too.
The U.S. will take on Ukraine in Cyrprus after the match was moved from Kharkiv due to civil unrest in Ukraine. The match will kick off at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday and it will be televised live on ESPN2.