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U.S. lineup vs. Turkey: Brad Davis, Timothy Chandler only changes

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Jurgen Klinsmann has made only two chances to his starting XI for today’s friendly against Turkey, hinting the U.S. men’s national team’s starting lineup is inching closer to settled. Along the left side, however, competition remains, with Brad Davis and Timothy Chandler getting the call today at Red Bull Arena.

Clint Dempsey, who was originally selected (but scratched late on Tuesday), partners Jozy Altidore up top in an formation that’s again advertised as a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield. With Davis coming in along the left for Alejandro Bedoya, that midfield may actually play like a diamond against Turkey.

On Tuesday, the setup purported to feature central midfielder Michael Bradley in a playmaker’s role never materialized. Accompanied by right-sider Graham Zusi and deep-lying Jermaine Jones in the middle, it’s unclear whether the diamond is a goal or a misnomer.

At the back, Chandler comes in for DaMarcus Beasley at left back. The rest of the defense remains unchanged. Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler is accompanied in the middle by Geoff Cameron, who looks more-and-more like the probable starter on June 16. Fabian Johnson, used mostly on the left throughout his U.S. men’s national team career, get his second straight start at right back.

In goal, as expected, is Tim Howard, but with nine starters returning from Tuesday’s game at Candlestick Park, most of the lineup is becoming “as expected.” Selecting his XI for the team’s second send-off game, Klinsmann moved slightly closer to establishing a first choice lineup.


United States: Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Chandler; Zusi, Jones, Bradley, Davis; Altidore, Dempsey

Turkey: Kivrak, Balta, Dogan, Gonul, Inan, Erdinç, Sahin, Ozyakup, Tufan, Erkin, Carndal

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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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 to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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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.