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Michael Bradley, Anthony Brooks out, but Clint Dempsey probably in for Thursday’s U.S. roster announcement

Oct 2, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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U.S. linchpin midfielder Michael Bradley and emerging defender Anthony Brooks are not far enough along in their respective injury recoveries and will not be among the players named Thursday for the remaining pair of U.S. national team final round World Cup qualifiers.

That’s according to U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann, whose comments to a small group of reporters during Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup final were confirmed Wednesday morning by a U.S. Soccer spokesman.

Klinsmann also said he expects to name Clint Dempsey, who has missed the Seattle Sounders last two MLS matches with a hamstring injury. Same goes for U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones, who was benched recently at Schalke but is otherwise healthy, despite reports that said otherwise.

The United States, already with a berth secured in next summer’s World Cup finals, faces Jamaica next week in Kansas City, then plays its World Cup qualifier finale (the last of 16 along the way) at Panama four nights later.

The U.S. manager had hoped to field a top squad for both contests, even though they are essentially meaningless from an official standpoint. Klinsmann, however,  has stressed the opportunity for fine tuning, given the lack of time he will have his top group between now and next summer’s World Cup.

The loss of Bradley (pictured) is the most damaging, given his essential, linking role.

(MORE: Klinsmann’s plans for naming a top team in peril due to mounting injuries)

(MORE: U.S. Soccer refutes Jermaine Jones “injury news”)

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  1. hildezero - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I’m okay with that, because me like a lot of people expected Jones not to be called up. Having Jones and Bradley absent at midfield would hurt the US. So it’s a good thing that Jones will get called up afterall.

  2. nappy25 - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    I hope Mix gets the nod for MB’s spot for the next 2 WCQ! I also wouldn’t mind seeing AJ start ahead of Jozy too. Bring in the Vikings!

    • Steve Davis - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Diskerud appears to have moved ahead of Sacha Kljestan, so I would expect him to get the call. Altidore remains ahead of Johannsson so long as he is healthy. I think Johannsson is named, but Alidore will be ahead in the playing order.

  3. cdkeli - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Wow – what country of over 300,000,000 people is required to beat countries like Jamaica (<3M) and Panama (+3M) to qualify for WC'14?? The US has as much chance to stumble past the round of 16 as a snowball does in hell.

    • schmutzdeck - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      What does population size have to do with ability in soccer?

      How big is the Netherlands? Spain? or Germany?

      How good is China in soccer?

    • bear06 - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      You’re an idiot.

  4. bear06 - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Anthony Brooks? His full name is John Anthony Brooks but U.S. Soccer now has him as John Brooks.

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