No fewer than five men on the starting lists for Sporting Kansas City and Houston today in the Heartland will soon join up with Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. national team.
No MLS match this weekend has as many U.S. internationals.
For the visiting Dynamo, goalkeeper Tally Hall, defender Corey Ashe and midfielder Brad Davis will join up with Klinsmann’s team. Ashe and Davis will depart Monday morning from Kansas City, arriving into Cleveland two days before the Americans meet Belgium in the Ohio city.
Hall will be with the team for only a portion of the next few weeks while Klinsmann rotates third-team goalkeepers through the camp, endeavoring to integrate them while minimizing their absences on the club side. He will remain with the Dynamo through a June 1 against Columbus and then join the national team in Washington D.C. in time for its trip into Jamaica for a June 7 World Cup qualifier.
Ashe was a late call into the camp, extra cover for the thin left back position.
For Sporting Kansas City, Graham Zusi (pictured) and Matt Besler will represent Peter Vermes team in the national colors. Both will join the team Monday in Cleveland
One other national team-related note from Sunday’s match, televised by the NBC Sports Network:
Houston’s Ricardo Clark, who was with the national team at South Africa 2010, will line up at center back on Sunday, helping the Dynamo with its injury crisis there.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.