BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The US national team is set to open camp next week for important qualifiers and already there are injury concerns.
Yesterday YA received independent confirmation that Tijuana left back Edgar Castillo suffered a foot injury that is expected to keep him out for a few weeks. While he might be ready for the September 11 qualifier against Jamaica in Columbus, his status remains doubtful.
Even more concerning is the status of Roma midfielder Michael Bradley who will miss this upcoming game against Inter Milan due to a muscle strain. Reports out of Italy have not yet indicated how long the newly-acquired Bradley will be out but missing the final game ahead of the international window should be a concern for US coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
That's far from the only concern for the Klinsmann and US national team staff either.
Current team captain Carlos Bocanegra has still not sorted out his club situation and is playing with Rangers in the Scottish fourth tier. It is highly likely he will move on but he has not played in any serious games since the June qualifiers.
Similarly, star attacking player Clint Dempsey is mired in serious transfer drama and has not played for Fulham season other than training for the youth team. Even if he moves to a new club, it has been a long time since he has played competitively.
After leaving Rangers, Maurice Edu is set to join Stoke but he still has paperwork to complete before he can play for his new club.
So with camp set to open just next week ahead of two qualifiers against Jamaica, the US national team has more questions than answers.