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By RYAN TOLMICH
An injury suffered in Sunday night’s MLS Cup rematch has ruled Jermaine Jones out of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s upcoming friendlies.
The New England Revolution midfielder departed with a groin injury in the 35th minute of Sunday night’s 2-2 draw. As a result, U.S. Soccer announced Monday that Jones will not take part in the team’s upcoming friendlies, including a matchup with his native Germany, although no replacement will be named for the veteran midfielder.
Jones is just one of numerous USMNT regulars set to miss out on the friendlies, as Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya will be absent due to injury, while Clint Dempsey will remain home to await the birth of his fourth child.
The U.S. squad, which was announced on Sunday, is currently gathering in Amsterdam ahead of a June 5 matchup with the Netherlands before taking on Germany in Cologne five days later. With the Gold Cup looming, the pair of friendlies are the team’s last trip abroad before this summer’s tournament. The U.S. will take on Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville in what will be the team’s final pre-tournament tune-up.
Here is a closer look at the updated roster following Jones’ removal:
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC),DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC)
FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
What do you think of the U.S. squad without Jones? Who do you see taking Jones’ place in the lineup? What kind of lineups do you expect Klinsmann to utilize?
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