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By FRANCO PANIZO
Help is on the way for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s problematic right back spot.
U.S. Soccer announced Sunday that Michael Parkhurst has been called in by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as a replacement for Brad Evans, who will miss the Americans’ upcoming round of World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico due to a calf injury he sustained in the Seattle Sounders’ 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
Parkhurst is expected to arrive in Miami on Monday and he will immediately become a prime candidate to start at right back against the Ticos on Friday, joining the likes of Geoff Cameron and Michael Orozco.
The 29-year-old Parkhurst started at right back in five of the United States’ six matches in the Gold Cup in July, but questions remain about his form given that he has yet to appear for German club FC Augsburg this season.
What do you think of Klinsmann calling in Parkhurst as Evans’ replacement? Wishing he would have called in someone like Lichaj or Chandler instead? Who do you see starting at right back vs. Costa Rica?
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