Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson named to United States roster, Clint Dempsey left off

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Comments from manager Jurgen Klinsmann suggest the starting right back job is Evans' to lose.

The Seattle Sounders will likely have to play their final two Cascadia Cup matches of the season without the services of Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson, as the two players were named to the United States roster for a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica (Oct. 11) and Panama (Oct. 15). Clint Demspey, however, was left off the roster and should be available for those games assuming he can get healthy.

Comments last week by Klinsmann suggested that Dempsey was going to be among the players called in, but he apparently had a change of heart after the U.S. captain didn't even travel with the Sounders for their match against the Colorado Rapids.

"For Clint, it is really important to pick up the rhythm, to get back into shape and play games," Klinsmann told USsoccer.com. "He needs to train very intensely and get as many sessions as possible. He had injury problems, the transfer was done late and he didn't have a proper preseason, and he's running behind. So he has to do some catching up and he will eventually get it done."

The decision to call in Evans and Johnson comes at an inopportune time for the Sounders, but it was largely expected. Both have played significant roles in securing the United States' qualification for the 2014 World Cup and Klinsmann had given every indication that he was going to call in most of the same players he's relied upon to get this far.

Evans, in particular, appears to still have the inside track on being the starting right back in Brazil. No other players who have been getting minutes for the USMNT at right back were called in.

"Brad Evans is back in as right back after his calf injury," Klinsmann said. "I think we are fully loaded in the other positions, so the roster looks really good."

Full roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

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