Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljesten were sent home from United States men’s national team camp following the team’s 0-0 draw against Serbia on Sunday.
Jones will not play in March’s World Cup qualifiers due to suspension, so Bruce Arena sent him home to get used to his new LA Galaxy teammates.
And Kljestan’s wife is giving birth, meaning he won’t play against Jamaica.
That opens up the midfield for several U.S. players to seize an opportunity on Friday.
It shouldn’t be hard for any one player to make a statement given the lackluster attacking performance from the MLS-only squad.
Darlington Nagbe and Sebastian Lletget both impressed against Serbia, granted they stood out in a match that was offensively uninspiring.
Benny Feilhaber didn’t get a ton of time to make an impact, and had a moment or two in his quarter-hour return to the fold. Chris Pontius came close to scoring during his 25-plus minutes, but neither ran wild against a team which entered the day with a combined eight caps.
The only U.S. midfield player not to get a run was Dax McCarty, and it seems likely the new Chicago Fire man will see plenty of time against Jamaica.
Perhaps Arena will line ’em up like so:
Zusi — Zimmerman — Evans — Villafana
McCarty — Bradley
Nagbe — Feilhaber — Bedoya