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Alejandro Bedoya has illness, could miss CONCACAF Cup

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Alejandro Bedoya missed training on Wednesday due to an illness and now there are questions about his status for the United States' CONCACAF Cup clash with Mexico on Saturday. The team did not provide any more information on his prognosis or how it could affect his availability for the match so at this point it is simply a guessing game.

If Bedoya were to miss the match, the U.S. would take a pretty big hit. His ability to play throughout the midfield isn't just an advantage from the start when his versatility makes him a huge contributor, but it also gives Jurgen Klinsmann a ton of options in making substitutions. He's also been one of the Americans' best players for the better part of two years now, never turning in a Man of the Match performance, but regularly being among the team's best handful of players and providing a level of dependability that has been hard for the U.S. to come by.

If Bedoya can't go, that would almost certainly push Gyasi Zardes into a starting role. It's possible that he would have started anyway, but without Bedoya that'd be a gimme. Then DeAndre Yedlin and Graham Zusi would be in the mix for the other side of the midfield.

Of course, maybe Bedoya will be fine and start. Or maybe he can only go 60 minutes. Or is only available off the bench. We don't know, but it's another question for a game with plenty of them already.