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Wood replaces Bedoya as USMNT is forced into late roster change

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An illness to Alejandro Bedoya has forced the U.S. Men’s National Team to make a roster change in the 11th hour.

Bedoya has been ruled out for Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup bout with Mexico and replaced by forward Bobby Wood on the U.S. squad. Bedoya has been dealing with an illness this week, but did not make enough progress to be considered available for the much-anticipated battle of between the regional heavyweights.

The loss of Bedoya means U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be without one of his regular midfielders. In Wood, the U.S. gets an in-form forward who will likely start on the bench vs. El Tri.

The U.S. and Mexico square off for a ticket to the 2017 Confederations Cup on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. A sell-out crowd of 90,000-plus is expected.

What do you think of Bedoya being ruled out of the CONCACAF Cup? How will this change what the USMNT does vs. Mexico? Like the addition of Wood or would you have preferred a midfielder to be called in?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Well lets see… Bedoya is a halfback, Wood a forward. Not exactly a replacement. Meanwhile the Revs have a bye week and both Juan A and Lee N could have been called and not impacted their MLS team. JK apparently doesnt like either anymore.

    I’m in a position now that I don’t like. I do not want to hope for the USA to lose but I think that it is the only way out of this mess that Klinsmann has made. This has to end and we need a coaching change ASAP. JK is leading us absolutely nowhere.

  2. As someone who is not normally a hater, Bedoya has never impressed me in the USMNT setup. Ah well. We’ll see what happens. Yedlin should be in there instead.

  3. Am I the only one that sees the deadline to submit a 23 man roster as pointless when you can always switch a new player in for an injured one?

    • It’s not just any new player.

      The alternates need to have been on the original 35 man provisional roster submitted almost a month ago.

      JK can’t call in for example Brek Shea who was injured at the time but is now recovered.

      I see no sense in naming these rosters so far ahead of time because injuries almost always screw them up.

      However,it does mean that the clubs involved, like for example Orlando do not have to worry about losing Shea at the last minute…

    • One good goal in a losing game and we have a guy who used to routinely suck in the lineup?

      I don’t think it works or is our strength, I’d run out Zardes or Yedlin or FJ SO WE HAVE OFFENSE. Backing off and playing defensive against a weak Mexico unit does them a favor. Give them some fear of god attack.

      • All the USMNT players “used to routinely suck” at some point.

        By your criteria, none of them would ever play for the US..

      • My criterium are many lousy games in the shirt, which is not a universal, and is usually true of people who don’t get the call anymore.

        It’s like we have to relearn lessons on players like Ream, Spector, and Williams….waste of time.

      • Let’s play Danny Williams at RW. According to the JK trolls on here that was a move of real tactical genius!

      • That’s not a bad idea.

        The two times it has happened that I know of vs Italy and Mexico the US won both games.

      • The games I recall with Williams struggling were with him out out of position on the wing. Can’t say he’s truly sucked at DM and his club play there merits a try while his last outings back this up. We definitely need to bring in more options/new blood for a look at DM, but until then, DW is a solid option. I agree though/don’t like the overly defensive lineup with JJ, Beckman, DW. I have been a fan/appreciate Beckerman, but his time is about over for the Nats. His last outings have been rough defensively/begging a PK this game and his distribution poor. Won’t be surprised if he gets the start at DM though.

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