Injuries force Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson Off U.S. Roster
U.S. Men’s National Team forward Clint Dempsey and midfielder Fabian Johnson have been forced to withdraw from the U.S. roster for the upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria. The U.S. faces Scotland on Nov. 15 at Hampden Park in Glasgow (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and UniMas) and Austria on Nov. 19 (2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network and UniMas).
Nov. 13, 2013
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No Replacements to be Added; Squad Now Stands at 21 Players
CHICAGO (Nov. 13, 2013) — U.S. Men’s National Team forward Clint Dempsey and midfielder Fabian Johnson have been sidelined by injury and forced to withdraw from the U.S. roster for the upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria. No replacements will be added to the squad.
Dempsey suffered a right calf strain during training Wednesday morning in Glasgow. Fabian Johnson is still bothered by a persistent right ankle injury and will return to Hoffenheim for further evaluation.
The U.S. first faces Scotland on Nov. 15 at Hampden Park in Glasgow (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and UniMas) then, four days later, will play Austria for the first time since 1998 when they meet at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna (2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network and UniMas). Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
The United States is concluding a tremendous year, highlighted by reaching the World Cup final competition for the seventh-consecutive time. The USA finished in first place in qualifying in the CONCACAF region for the third straight time and collected a perfect 5-0-0 record at home in the final round, with all wins coming by shutout. Including a team-record 12-game winning streak, the U.S. has won 16 games in 2013, already a team high for a calendar year.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (6) : Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)