U.S. Men's National Team
Sacha Kljestan Replaces John Brooks on U.S. Roster
August 29, 2016
THE UNITED STATES men's national team is now assembled in Jacksonville ahead of its two World Cup qualifiers and already head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been forced ito make two roster moves, adding New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan and dropping Hertha Berlin central defender John Brooks, who is injured.
Kljestan, 30, has been among the best central midfielders in MLS since joining the Red Bulls at the start of the 2015 season. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native has been capped 46 times for the United States with his debut coming on June 2, 2007 in a 4-1 win over China. Lately, however, Kljestan has struggled to earn time under Klinsmann with his last cap coming in a 2-0 loss to the Ukraine in March 2014.
The former Seton Hall Pirate standout has enjoyed his return to MLS where he helped guide the Red Bulls to the Supporters’ Shield in 2015 and is pushing hard for a top playoff position again in 2016.
Meanwhile, U.S. Soccer announced that Brooks was forced to withdraw from the team due to “back issues.” The Hertha Berlin standout was one of the top defenders at the 2016 Copa America where he put on several key performances that helped lift the Americans into the semifinals.
There was concern over central midfielder Caleb Stanko who was forced out of FC Vaduz’s game on Saturday in the 32nd minute with a reported injury. The Michigan native, however, has reported to camp. Here is the updated roster.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Ethan Horvath (Molde FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)