Kljestan in, Brooks out of USMNT camp ahead of World Cup Qualifiers

Kljestan in, Brooks out of USMNT camp ahead of World Cup Qualifiers

U.S. Men's National Team

Kljestan in, Brooks out of USMNT camp ahead of World Cup Qualifiers

 

Photo by Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

Photo by Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

Sacha Kljestan has long been left out of the U.S. Men’s National Team picture, but the New York Red Bulls playmaker is now set to make his return to camp ahead of World Cup Qualifiers.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Kljestan has been called up to the USMNT ahead of  matches at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday and against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 6. Additionally, defender John Brooks will not join the team in camp after suffering from back issues.

To date, Kljestan has earned 46 caps and scored four goals for the USMNT, but has not appeared for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side since March 2014. On the club level, the veteran midfielder leads MLS with 15 assists in 26 matches with the Red Bulls this season.

Following the addition of Kljestan, here’s a look at the current USMNT roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Ethan Horvath (Molde FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)

DEFENDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)

MIDFIELDERS: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDs: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)

What do you think of the addition of Kljestan? Expect him to feature in either game? Who will fill in at centerback in Brooks’ absence?

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