Michael Bradley has been added to the United States’ roster ahead of Tuesday’s clash against Brazil, as Jurgen Klinsmann has made a few moves in the lineup.
Along with Bradley, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been called in, as well as Stanford University striker Jordan Morris.
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Johnson will serve as the third-string goalkeeper, as William Yarbrough has returned to his club team Leon in Liga MX. The 20-year-old Morris will hope to make his sixth appearance for the national team, as Klinsmann has shown a liking for the college standout.
With Klinsmann looking to finalize his roster for the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico, he could choose to give Morris some minutes against Brazil to see how he performs against one of the best teams in the world. It also doesn’t hurt that Morris’ lone goal for the national team came against Mexico earlier this year.
Predicting the starting lineup under Jurgen Klinsmann has been nearly impossible, but Michael Bradley starting in the center of the midfield is a lock. Bradley has been the most consistent player for the USMNT over the past year, and took over the captain’s armband from Clint Dempsey in the Gold Cup. Bradley was allowed to play for Toronto FC when the United States’ took on Peru last week.
Clint Dempsey was originally supposed to join the team for the Brazil match, but Klinsmann has opted to let him stay with the Seattle Sounders as he continues to come back from a hamstring injury. Dempsey played his first match in over a month for the Sounders this weekend, and grabbed a goal and an assist.
One surprising move Klinsmann has made with the roster is the sending home of Matt Besler. The back-line has been the biggest question leading up to the match against Mexico, and Besler was very impressive off the bench against Peru. It would be nice to see Besler start in the center of the defense, but he has now returned to Sporting KC. Klinsmann was impressed with Besler’s play and said “we definitely saw what we needed to see from him,” adding that Kansas City was eager to get their captain back.Follow @KyleLynchFC