Clint Dempsey will miss at least today's UEFA game against Wolfsburg and this weekend's Premier League game against Liverpool because of a thigh injury he sustained in the final minutes of Sunday's game against Wigan.
The club reported on its website that Dempsey was injured in the final minute of the game against Wigan when he was challenged in the penalty area on a play where no foul was called.
Houston Dynamo and US National Team forward Brian Ching was subbed out in the first half of the Dynamo's game against Real Salt Lake tonight after suffering a left leg injury.
The Hawaiian-born striker limped off the field and the injury at first appeared to be serious. After the game the injury was diagnosed as a strained left hamstring. The team hopes to have a better idea on Friday of how long Ching will be out.
As the US Under-20 national team prepares for the Dallas Cup, head coach Thomas Rongen will be assisted by another long time veteran of US soccer. In Dallas, US midfielder and World Cup veteran Brian Maisonneuve will rejoin Rongen and serve as assistant coach.
Last month Eric Wynalda was the assistant coach for the U20 team during the Copa Chivas tournament in Mexico. In previous cycles Rongen has used former players such as Tab Ramos, Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez.
As the US U-20 national team prepares for the 2010 Dallas Cup which starts this upcoming Sunday, one of the most notable absences on the US roster is West Ham U18 midfielder Sebastian Lletget.
Lletget, 17, is widely considered to be one of the top American prospects but has raised concern about his commitment to the US program since he reportedly declined an invitation to play at last year's U17 World Cup.