As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann releases USMNT players still competing in MLS Cup Playoffs


Following the US national team‘s 2-1 defeat to Colombia at Craven Cottage on Friday, Jurgen Klinsmann has released four players from the squad — three of which play their club soccer for teams still alive in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.

New England Revolution midfield duo Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen, and Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin, whose teams have Eastern (Sunday, 1:30 pm ET — Watch live on NBC and online via Live Extra) and Western Conference Championship (Sunday, 5 pm ET) first legs to play this weekend, have all seen their final USMNT action of 2014. Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley was the other player released from camp.

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Jones played the full 90 minutes on Friday, while Yedlin logged 86 of his own, Beasley saw 20 minutes as a second-half substitute and Nguyen was given a 15-minute cameo at the end. The three Philip F. Anschutz Trophy hopefuls will return to their respective clubs immediately with eight days to rest, recover and train after a pair of transatlantic flights in five days’ time.

No replacements will be added to the roster, leaving Klinsmann with 21 players for Tuesday’s game against Ireland (2:30 pm ET), in Dublin.