Evans Sidelined with Calf Injury; Parkhurst to Join Camp Monday in Miami
CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2013) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Michael Parkhurst to the U.S. Men’s National Team training camp roster in place of Brad Evans, who suffered a calf strain in the 1-0 win for Seattle against Columbus on Saturday night.
Parkhurst started in five of six matches in the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship, including the final. He will travel Monday in Miami, where the team has gathered in preparation for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.
The U.S. next sees action on Sept. 6 against Costa Rica in San Jose, where it will seek its first ever away win in qualifying against the Ticos (10 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT and ESPN Deportes Radio).
On Sept. 10, a sold-out crowd that includes more than 9,000 fans in the supporters sections will watch USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.
The United States currently sits in first place in the Final Round of qualifying, collecting 13 points from six matches. There is a scenario in which the U.S. could qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup following the Costa Rica match. In order for that to occur, the U.S. must beat Costa Rica, Mexico must tie Honduras, and Panama must lose or draw against Jamaica.
The U.S. is riding a record-setting 12-match winning streak that began June 2 with a 4-3 victory against then second-ranked Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match and includes three wins in World Cup Qualifying and six straight victories en route to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship.