BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, August 5, 2010
The long awaited debut of Jermaine Jones has been put on hold as US Soccer has announced two roster changes for the August 10 match against Brazil.
"Jones and Chad Marshall are no longer on the roster," US Soccer director of communications Michael Kammarman confirmed to YA. "They have been replaced by Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez."
Last year Jones switched his national team affiliation to the USA from Germany after FIFA changed several rules pertaining to international eligibility.
Jones however was unable to recover from a shin fracture and missed the entire season for Schalke and the World Cup.
The 28-year old must now hope to regain his health and put himself in contention for the US team later this year or early in 2011 as it prepares for the 2011 Gold Cup.
"I would like to thank Bob Bradley and the US Federation greatly for my first official invitation," Jones said in an official statement released by US Soccer. "It is an honor that I have been working towards for over a year."
"While I initially felt like I was ready to make my first appearance, it is also extremely important to me that I am 100 percent fit for my first national team game and that I make a good impression on the manager and my teammates."
"I hope to receive another invitation and finally fulfill my goal of playing with the U.S. national team in the very near future."
For Marshall, US Soccer did not offer any comment as to the specifics. Marshall was part of the 30-man preliminary World Cup team but failed to make the final 23-player roster.
Added to the roster will be LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez who will be looking to earn his first cap. The highly touted 21-year old central defender is expected to play a part for the US team in the 2014 cycle.
Altidore's addition to the roster will serve as a homecoming for the Villarreal forward. The 20-year old was born in nearby Livingston, New Jersey and began his professional career with the New York Red Bulls of MLS. While currently with Villarreal, Altidore has been the subject of numerous transfer rumors.
Tuesday's game will be the first game for each team following the World Cup.