CARSON, Calif. – Injuries have forced U.S. national team head coach Bruce Arena to make wholesale changes to his roster before crucial World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama.
The USMNT will be without Bobby Wood (back), Brad Guzman (birth of his second child), Fabian Johnson (thigh) for the two World Cup qualifiers. Two players still with the group, Jordan Morris (ankle) and John Brooks (knee) suffered knocks during the weekend and will remain with the group.
To replace his three absences, Arena inserted New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan, San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham, and Sporting Kansas City teammates Graham Zusi and Matt Besler. On Monday evening, Arena also added Earthquakes striker Chris Wondlowski to his squad leaving it at 26-players.
The team trained for the first time on Monday ahead of the March 24th match against Honduras at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium. Four days later, the USMNT will travel to Central America to take on Panama.