After Contracting Illness Last Week, Johnson Will Meet Team in Kansas City and be Available for Oct. 16 Qualifier Against Guatemala
CHICAGO (Oct. 10, 2012) – U.S. defender Edgar Castillo has been ruled out of both upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches with a foot injury following an MRI evaluation this afternoon, and Fabian Johnson will not participate in the Oct. 12 match against Antigua & Barbuda while he recovers from the flu. Johnson will join the team in Kansas City, Kan., to prepare for the team’s final qualifying match of the Semifinal Round on Oct. 16 against Guatemala.
“Obviously it’s a difficult situation losing Fabian for the Antigua game and Edgar being unavailable for both. We were in a similar situation for the first match against Antigua & Barbuda in June, and we will be prepared,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Fabian has been ill since the weekend, and we were waiting to see if he would be healthy enough to join us in Miami. At this point, it is in everyone’s best interest to allow him to fully recover from his illness and come into Kansas City ready to play against Guatemala.”
In the 3-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda in the opening match of the Semifinal Round qualifying, the U.S. faced a similar situation and started Jose Torres at left back.
The U.S. team is in Miami to prepare for its final two matches in the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala. The U.S. first faces the Benna Boyz on Oct. 12 in North Sound, Antigua. Kickoff for the USA’s first visit to the island is set for 7 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
Four days later, the U.S. will close out the Semifinal Round at sold-out LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. That match will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2, WatchESPN and TeleFutura. ESPN2 will also have a 30-minute pre-game show beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
The U.S. is currently even with Guatemala at the top of Group A with seven points and matching totals in both goal differential and goals scored. Jamaica also has seven points but sits in third place due to a lower goal differential. With the three nations tied on points and jockeying for the top two spots, no team will be able to secure a place in the Final Round until the last group matches are played on Oct. 16.
As part of the continuing effort to connect with the fans, the U.S. Men’s National Team will host a public training session on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10:30 a.m. CT at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Admission and parking for the event are free.
Fans who pre-register on ussoccer.com will be entered to have a chance to meet U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the stadium prior to the training session.