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Injured Nagbe, Steffen out of USMNT friendlies

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U.S. Soccer has confirmed that injuries to Zack Steffen and Darlington Nagbe will keep them out of the upcoming friendlies against England and Italy.

Steffen is the more notable absence, a player expected to start at least one of the two matches as the presumed favorite to take the long-term No. 1 goalkeeper spot for the USMNT.

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The 28-year-old Nagbe has just one cap since the World Cup qualifying debacle in Couva, going 90 minutes in the 1-0 March win over Paraguay.

He missed two months of the Major League Soccer season with a thigh injury, and has two assists for Atlanta United in going nearly 90 minutes whenever available.

Jonathan Klinsmann was called up from Hertha Berlin to replace Steffen, and will join Ethan Horvath and Brad Guzan in the USMNT goalkeeping corps. The 21-year-old is a starter for Hertha II and has twice been the backup for the senior team.

Hertha’s Klinsmann added to USMNT roster

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There’s a Klinsmann back with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Hertha Berlin’s official English Twitter account posted on Monday to say that their young goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann had been called into the U.S. Men’s National Team. The 21-year-old has yet to make a Bundesliga appearance this season but he’s started nine games for Hertha’s reserve side, Hertha BSC II.

According to The Athletic, Klinsmann is replacing Zack Steffan, who reportedly suffered a hamstring strain in the Columbus Crew’s 3-0 second-leg defeat to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night. The call-up has yet to be confirmed by U.S. Soccer.

If Steffan is out, it would open up the goalkeeping battle for the two-game training camp against England and Italy. Klinsmann is joining Brad Guzan and Ethan Horvath. It’s likely that Klinsmann was called up because he’s already based in Europe. This made it quicker for him to get to head coach Dave Sarachan and the squad, currently based in London.

For what it’s worth, despite the way Klinsmann’s father Jurgen was unceremoniously fired after a rough start to the Hex in 2016, Jurgen congratulated Jonathan on the call-up.

Jonathan, having been born in Germany to an American parent, is eligible to play for both the U.S. and Germany internationally, though he’s been in the U.S. pipeline for the past few years. The now 21-year-old started for the U.S. at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup, so if he switched to Germany he’d have to file one-time switch paperwork with FIFA. Klinsmann did take part in a German National Team goalkeeping camp this past September.

The U.S. faces England at Wembley Stadium on Thursday followed by a trip to Genk, Belgium to face Italy on November 20.

Four Americans on Bundesliga’s “Wonderkids XI” for 2018-19

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Aaaaallllllllllllllllright, Bundesliga, we get it, and we like you, too.

The German top flight’s web site released its Wonderkid XI on Tuesday, and it’s littered with American blood.

And it’s not just Christian Pulisic playing four forward positions.

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Yep, along with the American BVB star (19), France’s Benjamin Pavard (22), and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey (20) of Jamaica are three others Yanks.

Weston McKennie (19) isn’t a surprise given his fine debut for Schalke, but Hertha Berlin youngster Jonathan Klinsmann (21) topping the ranks of young backstops is interesting even with his surname.

Then there’s Werder Bremen teen Josh Sargent (18), who sits atop the league’s 4-2-3-1 formation and is the youngest player on the list. He was born in 2000. I’m going to crawl into a hole with my grey patch of hair. Cheers.

Also on the list: Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule (22, Germany), RB Leipzig’s¬†Dayot Upamecano (19, France), Wolfsburg’s Gian-Luca Itter (19, Germany), Stuttgart’s¬†Santiago Ascac√≠bar (21, Argentina), and Kai Havertz (19, Bayer Leverkusen).

VIDEO: Jonathan Klinsmann saves penalty on pro debut

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BERLIN (AP) Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann, saved a late penalty on his Hertha Berlin debut to secure a 1-1 draw against visiting Ostersunds FK in the Europa League on Thursday.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper denied Ostersund captain Brwa Nouri from the penalty spot with three minutes remaining.

“It’s good for competition in the squad that Jonathan played so well. Under pressure, he made no mistakes,” Hertha coach Pal Dardai said.

Klinsmann produced a brilliant fingertip save to stop Sotirios Papagiannopoulos scoring in the first half, but was powerless to prevent the Greek defender from finding the net with the aid of a deflection after the interval.

Peter Pekarik replied almost straight away for Hertha, which was already certain to be eliminated after the group stage of Europe’s second-tier competition.

Ostersund finished second in Group J to become the first Swedish side since Helsingborg in 2007 to reach the knockout stages.

Klinsmann, who previously made six appearances for Hertha’s reserve side in the fourth-tier regional league, got his chance with the senior team as regular goalkeeper Rune Jarstein skips the side’s international games and his back-up Thomas Kraft was out with a cold.

“He did well,” Dardai said of Klinsmann. “He also gathered experience with the under-21 team, not always without mistakes, but he has stepped it up in training. The fitness coach has been working with him. But we don’t need to turn it into the Klinsmann show. We can talk a lot about him when the time comes.”

The 6-foot-4 Klinsmann, a goalkeeper with the United States Under-20 team, was handed his first professional contract after impressing Hertha during a trial in the offseason. He previously played for the University of California.

“I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. He’s a young player,” Dardai said.

Hertha keeper Jonathan Klinsmann out weeks with ankle injury

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BERLIN (AP) Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has been ruled out for several weeks with ligament damage in his right ankle.

The Bundesliga side says the 20-year-old Klinsmann, who joined the club in the offseason after impressing in a trial, was injured in training a few days ago, and its extent was confirmed by a scan.

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Klinsmann, the son of former United States coach and Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann, is a goalkeeper with the U.S, Under-20s.

He was last playing for University of California before he joined Hertha.