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Injured Geoff Cameron off USMNT roster for Czech Republic friendly

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Geoff Cameron won't play when the United States takes on the Czech Republic in Wednesday's friendly. The American has been ruled out with a side injury, and the U.S. will not replace him on the team.

Cameron hurt his side playing for Stoke City in their League Cup match and on Thursday, Mark Hughes said that he would be out for two weeks. That made it really strange when, later that day, Jurgen Klinsmann named Cameron to the U.S. roster for the following week's friendly. But Klinsmann knew about Cameron's injury and wanted him to be checked out by the U.S. doctors before ruling him out. He was, the doctors agreed he should be resting his injury and he was removed from the roster.

With Cameron out, Klinsmann will only have John Brooks, Michael Orozco and Tim Ream to choose from in central defense. Odds are that Klinsmann will choose to start Brooks and Orozo, with Brooks being the clear choice to start and Orozco being a right-sided central defender and able to complement the left-sided Brooks. Ream, also being left-sided, doesn't make for as ideal a partner as Orozco, but Klinsmann is likely to use his full allotment of substitutes and Ream should see the pitch as well.