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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The US national team is set to open camp next week for important qualifiers and already there are injury concerns.

Yesterday YA received independent confirmation that Tijuana left back Edgar Castillo suffered a foot injury that is expected to keep him out for a few weeks. While he might be ready for the September 11 qualifier against Jamaica in Columbus, his status remains doubtful.

Even more concerning is the status of Roma midfielder Michael Bradley who will miss this upcoming game against Inter Milan due to a muscle strain. Reports out of Italy have not yet indicated how long the newly-acquired Bradley will be out but missing the final game ahead of the international window should be a concern for US coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

That's far from the only concern for the Klinsmann and US national team staff either.

Current team captain Carlos Bocanegra has still not sorted out his club situation and is playing with Rangers in the Scottish fourth tier. It is highly likely he will move on but he has not played in any serious games since the June qualifiers.

Similarly, star attacking player Clint Dempsey is mired in serious transfer drama and has not played for Fulham season other than training for the youth team. Even if he moves to a new club, it has been a long time since he has played competitively.

After leaving Rangers, Maurice Edu is set to join Stoke but he still has paperwork to complete before he can play for his new club.

So with camp set to open just next week ahead of two qualifiers against Jamaica, the US national team has more questions than answers.
Monday September 3, 2012 1:15 am
Boyd is looking good in Austria. Altidore has good days in Holland.
Gomez is hot to score. Working with three central midfielders despite the loss of Bradley and Donovan, JK has some depth to call upon.
Sunday September 2, 2012 3:09 pm
I'm glad to see they are overhauling the defense. I will be shocked if Lichaj doesn't get called this round against Jamaica considering how few of options we have. He plays well and is in good form for the EP. He deserves a chance over any mls player.
Thursday August 30, 2012 10:49 pm
it is every coaches challenge to balance injuries and career issues to find the best team of 11 available. Klinsmann has the luxury of a much deeper pool to choose from than predecessors. Having to choose from a range of alternatives is far preferable to having to settle for lesser talents. I count at least 12-15 midfielders that could be fielded with no drop in quality. US even has some depth at striker now, with several in-form alternatives to currently hot Altidore.
Thursday August 30, 2012 12:06 pm
I guess we should be thanking our lucky stars that we played that game at Azteca. If worse comes to worst, we can go with our roster plus whatever additions / substitutions are available / necessary. We should be able to grind out a result. It won't be pretty to watch, but thanks to the new TV rights it's not like many of us will be watching anyway.

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