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Brad Evans, Michael Orozco released from USMNT, will not play vs. Canada

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Brad Evans and Michael Orozco will not be with the United States when they play Canada on Friday. Both players started in the Americans' 3-2 win over Iceland over the weekend, but Jurgen Klinsmann released the two and sent them back to their clubs on Tuesday.

U.S. Soccer confirmed that Evans has tightness in his hamstring and was sent back to the Seattle Sounders as a precaution. There, he will look to get healthy again and prepare for the Sounders' season.

Orozco was not with the U.S. for the start of January camp and only joined the team last week. He was only released by Club Tijuana to play in the one match against Iceland and with that now done, he is heading back to his club, as previously agreed.

With Evans out, Klinsmann is somewhat short-handed at right back. Eric Miller is the team's only natural right back remaining so he is likely to get the nod against Canada. If he doesn't go all 90 minutes, Matt Polster or Tim Parker will probably get a chance, but neither would call right back their primary position. Klinsmann has a few more options at centerback, where Matt Besler, Steve Birnbaum and Parker are all available.