USMNT Report: All-Stars Return Stateside

Latest updates for the USMNT following the Gold Cup
by Herb Scribner   |   Wednesday, July 31, 2013

USMNT Report - coverage of the United States Men's National Team

The United States Men’s National Team won its 5th Gold Cup trophy on Sunday, capping off a beautiful run through the competition with a 1-0 win over Panama.

But the news hasn’t stopped for the team, which is currently riding an 11-game winning streak, and some players are returning stateside for a clash with AS Roma.

USA players set for All-Star Game

Many USMNT faces are returning to American soil for the MLS All-Star Game later today. Top among those is Landon Donovan, who keeps his record All-Star Game streak alive with 13 games in a row.

Joining Donovan from the Gold Cup squad is goalkeeper Nick Rimando; defenders Tony Beltran, Matt Besler, Corey Ashe, Omar Gonzalez; midfielder Kyle Beckerman; forwards Chris Wondolowski and Jack McInerney.

Other notable USMNT members will be on the pitch for Team MLS, including Graham Zusi and Brad Davis. They will be facing off with fellow USMNT member Michael Bradley, who competes for AS Roma, the opponent for today’s match.

It should be fun to see these typical teammates take the field against each other. MLS All-Star manager Peter Vermes could find himself putting a lineup full of USMNT players on the field, which would obviously be good practice for Klinsmann’s squad.

Players like McInerney and Ashe, who didn’t do much in the USMNT’s Gold Cup run, will likely get minutes against AS Roma. No matter how this group of US players performed in the recent tournament, they’ve all impressed in MLS, which was part of the reason that Klinsmann called them up.

But it will be taxing for some. Donovan, Beckerman, who is a likely start for the All-Stars, and Rimando saw a lot of minutes in the Gold Cup, and that included flying clear across the country for games. Now they’re back in Kansas City for another contest, this time with world class side.

It’ll also be great to see how the USMNT mixes with other All-Stars like Marco Di Vaio and Thierry Henry. All the players are, in one way another, in-form, but they’ll have to make sure the chemistry is right if they want to try and take down AS Roma.

Injury woes

Stuart Holden, who was injured in the opening minutes of the Gold Cup final, has a torn ACL in his left knee and will likely miss 6-9 months because of that injury.

The injury will sideline Holden for the bulk of the remaining World Cup Qualifiers, and likely the World Cup. Holden previously battled injuries to his right knee and leg, which kept him on the outside looking in for nearly 2 years. This past round of Gold Cup games marked Holden’s full return to the USA lineup.

Brek Shea suffered an injury during Stoke City's friendly with the Philadelphia Union. Shea, who scored a goal in the 2-0 win over the Union, was diagnosed with a knee ligament injury after a nasty tackle by Philly's Matt Kassel.

The US international, who scored the game-winning goal against Panama in the final, will likely miss a number of weeks.

Johannsson declares US eligibility

AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannson declared his eligibility for Team USA on Monday. Johannson, who revealed his decision on Facebook, is a dual national for both the USA and Iceland.

Johannson, 22, played alongside top US striker Jozy Altidore in the Eredivise. He learned a lot from Altidore, and is expected to take up the scoring responsibility for AZ.

Officials said Johannson is likely to be called in for the Aug. 14 friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Yesterday, US Soccer submitted a request to FIFA for the USA-born Johannson to play for the USMNT.

NEXT UP: August 14 – Friendly: United States vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. 2:30 p.m. EST, ESPN2.

Herb SCRIBNER

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