Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey will be major keys to the U.S. national team's chances of beating Jamaica in Sunday's CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, but both will be missing preparations for that match to attend family weddings.
As first reported by the Washington Post, Donovan and Dempsey will be traveling to California and Texas respectively to attend weddings for their sisters. Both players will miss Friday and Saturday training sessions, though only the Friday session is considered an intense training session.
Both Donovan and Dempsey struggled in the U.S. team's 1-0 win vs. Guadeloupe on Tuesday. If the United States had finished in third place in Group C, and the United States had been forced to play a Saturday quarterfinal, both Donovan and Dempsey would have missed their family weddings, but now both will attend Saturday weddings and fly to Washington D.C. on Saturday night. The United States takes on Jamaica on Sunday at 3pm at RFK Stadium.
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