Clint Dempsey won't be named to the United States national team roster for the friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo on Aug. 14, according to Grant Wahl. Considering Dempsey has not played a competitive match since the last U.S. World Cup qualifier on June 18 and just joined a new team, this is probably not a hugely surprising development.
The Sounders won't escape unscathed, though. Wahl is also reporting that Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson will be named to the roster, which is the final friendly the U.S. will play until the next round of World Cup qualifiers on Sept. 6 and 10.
Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid something like this might happen when he last spoke to the media on Wednesday.
"(Jurgen Klinsmann) is making my job harder to make it into the playoffs if he keeps grabbing players from me," Schmid said, while not confirming any call-ups. "It is what it is. I'd rather have players of that quality than not have players of that quality. There's certain sacrifices you have to make along with that.
"Once they issue their final roster we'll know who's going for sure. You always have an idea. Jurgen and myself spoke this morning, so we're always in communication. I always have an idea of what is going on. We'll be OK at the end of the day because we have people who can step up and play. The energy within our team is very good."
It's possible that Evans and Johnson could both make it back for the Sounders game against the Houston Dynamo on Aug. 17. They would likely only be available off the bench, though, as they would have flown nearly 11,000 miles in the span of less than a week.
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