USMNT adds Pulisic, Zusi for injured Besler and Johnson ahead of WCQ vs. Guatemala

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Ahead of Tuesday’s crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala, the U.S. Men’s National Team has made a few changes due to the injury plague that has hit the team at quite possibly the worst time.

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Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called up Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi and Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic for Matt Besler (concussion) and Fabian Johnson (groin).

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Both Besler and Johnson were absent from the USMNT lineup for Friday night’s 2-0 loss in Guatemala City, leaving the Americans in a precarious position in Group C. The U.S. currently sits third in the group with four points, three points behind leaders Trinidad & Tobago.

While Zusi has had national team experience in the past, the 17-year old Pulisic has yet to make a senior team appearance for the U.S.. The Dortmund attacker has previously featured for the U.S. Under-15 and Under-17 teams, but his recent Bundesliga success has Americans everywhere excited about the youngster’s potential.

Here’s the USMNT’s updated roster ahead of Tuesday’s match:


Goalkeepers (4): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

Defenders (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)

Midfielders (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution

Forwards (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

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