Three added to US squad for Brazil friendly

Jurgen Klinsmann has made three changes to his squad ahead of a friendly against Brazil on Tuesday that will be the USA’s last tune-up for its Confederations Cup playoff with Mexico.

The Americans go into the clash at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, off a 2-1 friendly win over Peru on Friday.

On Sunday, Klinsmann said he had called up Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and Stanford University forward Jordan Morris.

As the three were added, defender Matt Besler and goalkeeper William Yarbrough have rejoined their clubs.

“We were impressed with Matt Besler this past week,” Klinsmann said. “We definitely saw what we needed to see from him as we prepare for the Mexico clash and Sporting KC badly wanted him back for Wednesday, so we agreed to send him home.”

Forward Clint Dempsey had been expected to join the team ahead of the Brazil friendly, but with Dempsey recovering from a hamstring injury it was decided to have him remain with his club team Seattle Sounders.

“He’s still not 100 percent and we agreed it’s best to let him stay with Seattle to allow him to continue making progress ahead of next month’s match against Mexico,” Klinsmann said.

The United States host Gold Cup winners Mexico at the Rose Bowl in California on October 10 for a berth in the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup.


Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Greg Garza (Atlas/MEX), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Veracruz/MEX), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt/GER), Danny Williams (Reading/ENG), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen/GER), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen/GER), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

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