KENYA BROWN - Friday, November 6, 2020
A day after Josh Sargent was named on the 24-man roster for the U.S. national team's upcoming friendlies, it was announced on Thursday that Werder Bremen will not release the forward.
The German Bundesliga team posted a statement on their website stating that only two players will be released to play for their countries as those games will be played in Germany. They made reference to a regulation from the Bremen health authorities which states that "players who are returning from international risk areas must quarantine for five days."
With Germany seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, Werder Bremen are not looking to take any chances with any of their players getting infected while outside the country.
"We spoke with our players and with the various associations. FIFA are releasing clubs from their obligation to make players available for international duty if they have to quarantine upon their return. We know that the players would like to join up with their teams, but we cannot take that risk this time, given the overall situation," said Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann.
The news comes as a blow as the U.S. will be playing their first international games since February.
U.S. Soccer announced on the same day that Sebastian Lletget would replace Sargent on the roster. The 28-year-old midfielder gets the call-up as the Los Angeles Galaxy failed to qualify for the playoffs in Major League Soccer.
The U.S. is scheduled to take on Wales on Nov. 12 followed by their clash with fellow CONCACAF rivals Panama on Nov. 16 in Austria.