New Seattle Sounders signing left out of next Wednesday’s friendly.
New Seattle Sounders signing Clint Dempsey has been left out of the USA national team squad for next Wednesday’s friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, SI.com have revealed.
Dempsey spent a hectic few days in the build up to his transfer to Seattle from Tottenham, and perhaps Klinsmann has decided to allow his captain time to settle at his new club, with whom Dempsey will be playing away at Toronto FC on Saturday.
It remains to be seen what U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks of Dempsey’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to Seattle. Klinsmann has not commented publicly on the move, though he has said in the past that he wants his U.S. players to challenge themselves at the highest possible club level.
Dempsey’s Seattle teammates, Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans, will be part of the U.S. squad next week, a source with knowledge of the call-ups has informed SI.
In other U.S. squad news, SI.com has also confirmed that promising 20-year-old Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks has accepted a call-up and will be with the U.S. senior team for the first time next week. Brooks, the son of a German woman and U.S. serviceman, has dual citizenship and reportedly turned down a call-up this week to the German under-21 team.
Because the Bosnia game is a friendly, Brooks will not be cap-tied to the U.S. next week. But his decision to come into the U.S. camp is a positive sign as the U.S. tries to recruit him to the Stars & Stripes. A 6-foot-4-inch centre back with promising foot skills, Brooks is expected to make his Bundesliga debut on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt.