Today (10/12/12) USA (2-1-1) is taking on Antigua and Barbuda (0-3-1) in their third round of the World Cup Qualifier at Antigua. The US team is looking to score early and earn three points from this round of competition. This is a critical game because not only do they need to play well to move on, but they need to make up for unnecessary goals given up in past games including the game against Guatemala.
Coach Jorgen Klinsmann is excited to finally have the entire team in full swing. He has had coaching staff closely monitor players while they have performed for their respective professional club teams. Now he has had the time to see who has been performing or who’s been riding the bench. This all helps with team chemistry and Klinsmann final decision on who is going to start.
Unfortunately for the US, Landon Donovan, Brek Shea and Edgar Castillo, who were originally named to the 24-player roster, have been ruled out of the World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala. Donovan has a knee injury and Shea an abdominal strain, both suffered prior to joining camp in Miami. Castillo will miss the matches with a foot injury following an MRI evaluation earlier Wednesday. No replacements have been named, leaving the U.S. travel roster at 21 players. Also, Fabian Johnson has been ruled out for todays’s game because of a recent bout with the flu.
Fortunately, the US still has Dempsey who has had a phenomenal year and hopes to keep it going with more goals for the US Team. Another bright note is the fact that the US has faced the island nation of Antigua & Barbuda earlier this year and came out with a 3-1 victory to open the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.