The U.S. Men’s National Team will be without a veteran midfielder for this Friday’s friendly against Cuba.
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Alejandro Bedoya has withdrawn from the USMNT squad ahead of the upcoming friendly. The Philadelphia Union midfielder suffered a strained rib muscle over the weekend, knocking him out in the 52nd minute of the Philadelphia Union’s 3-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls.
Bedoya has appeared in 11 of the USMNT’s past 13 matches, including starts in eight of the last nine. With his absence, the U.S. currently has 22 players on the roster, including central midfielders Michael Bradley, Perry Kitchen, Danny Williams, Lynden Gooch and Sacha Kljestan, as well as wide options in Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola.
The U.S. is set to visit Cuba on Friday before returning to Washington, D.C. for a friendly against New Zealand four days later.
Here’s a closer look at the USMNT roster as it stands:
GOALKEEPERS: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS: Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
MIDFIELDERS: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)