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Dempsey, Johnson withdrawn from USMNT squad due to injury

Nov 13, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

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USMNT captain Clint Dempsey has picked up a calf injury in training this morning and has been withdrawn from the squad to face Scotland and Austria.

Midfielder Fabian Johnson, suffering from a nagging ankle injury he got with his club, has also been removed from the national team picture for this window.

Neither players will be replaced, according to U.S. Soccer.

It’s definitely not a surprise that either of the players will be removed, as it may have been a bit surprising that they were included in the first place.  No MLS players still in action were included and a few on teams just recently eliminated – such as Dempsey’s Seattle Sounders – were also left off.

Johnson’s ankle has given him problems for a month or so now, and he hasn’t started a match with his Bundesliga club Hoffenheim since September 28 when he was injured. He was out of the squad until Saturday when he came on as a halftime substitute.

The injuries make even more room for players looking to become late additions to the World Cup roster.

Aron Johannsson, red-hot with his club AZ Alkmaar, could possibly get a start with Dempsey out. He could play either up front next to Altidore, behind the striker, or out on the wing as a direct replacement for Dempsey. Johnson’s exclusion makes way for the likes of Mix Diskerud or Brek Shea.

  1. hildezero - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Formation: 4-2-3-1

    ——————Jozy——————
    —DMB—Jóhannsson—Zusi—
    ——–Jones——–Bradley——–
    -Lichaj-Gonzo-Besler-Cameron-
    —————-Howard—————-

    • bear06 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Zusi is not with the team.

  2. genebrooklyn - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Good lineup except for the fact that, as Kyle said in the post, no players on a team still in the MLS playoffs were called up for these friendlies. Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are in Kansas City not Glascow.

  3. hildezero - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Oh! I forgot about that! XD Thanks though.

  4. hildezero - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    *New lineup: 4-2-3-1

    ——————Jozy——————
    —DMB—Jóhannsson—Shea—
    ——–Jones——–Bradley——–
    -Lichaj-Gonzo-Cameron-B-Rad-
    —————-Howard—————-

    • jimmycrackcorn99 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      I am sure that Bedoya would play midfield before DMB would play in that position. And I am also fairly sure that Diskerud will be in the mix (see what I did there?).

      I do not think that Shea is in starting form. But maybe due to lack of options, he will play.

  5. hildezero - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Uh oh… Jimmy cracked the corn! Yeah, I saw what you did there. Mix could be in the lineup. Scotland is weaker than Austria, so probably Klinsi can start him.

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