The bad news for the U.S. Men’s National Team is that two members of its title-winning Concacaf Nations League squad won’t be available to face Costa Rica on Wednesday. The good news is one of those players suffered a far-less serious injury than first feared.
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed on Tuesday that Walker Zimmerman has replaced Matt Miazga on the roster due to the centerback’s upcoming wedding next week.
The bigger news was Berhalter confirming that Zack Steffen suffered a bone bruise during Sunday’s Nations League win against Mexico, a minor injury the starting USMNT goalkeeper should be able to recover from easily, as should AS Roma fullback Bryan Reynolds, who had originally been expected to take part in Wednesday’s match against Costa Rica.
“Zack and Bryan coincidentally enough both have bone bruises and will be out for tomorrow,” Berhalter said. “They both are recovering, but will likely be out of action for at least 10 days.”
“Walker Zimmerman will come in for Matt Miazga, who will be getting married next week so we congratulate him. He had some final preparations to do for that event so we understand why he wanted to be there.”
Steffen suffered his knee injury in Sunday’s 3-2 Concacaf Nations League Final win over Mexico, being replaced by Ethan Horvath in the second half. Horvath went on to make four saves including a penalty-kick save in the 119th minute on Andres Guardado to preserve the victory.
Reynolds was not on the USMNT’s roster for the Concacaf Nations League, but did train with the team and could have seen playing time in Wednesday’s friendly.
Zimmerman comes in from Nashville SC, where he has helped the MLS side to a current seventh place spot in the Eastern Conference. The 2020 MLS Defender of the Year has earned 13 caps for the USMNT to date, but has not featured in any national team matches this year. He replaces Miazga, who did not feature in either of the Nations League matches.
The USMNT takes on Costa Rica on Wednesday night in the team’s last match until the Concacaf Gold Cup, which kicks off on July 11 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas against an opponent that has yet to be determined.