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Three Sounders named to United States World Cup qualifying roster

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Seattle will be without Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson for the home games against Chivas USA and Chicago Fire.


As expected, Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey were called up for the United States' World Cup qualifying matches on Sept. 6 in Costa Rica and on Sept. 10 against Mexico in Columbus. The trio will miss the Sounders matches against the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA on the 4th and 7th, respectively, but they should all be available for the Sept. 13 match against Real Salt Lake, for which the entire stadium will be open.

This will probably mean that we'll see Lamar Neagle at forward with Marc Burch and Servando Carrasco getting minutes in their midfield roles. Eriq Zavaleta can also probably expect to see some action with the uncertainty surrounding Obafemi Martins' ankle injury. Mauro Rosales will also be expected to start both matches.

The United States could punch their ticket to the World Cup with the right results this month, which would be preferable from a Sounders perspective, as it is widely believed that Klinsmann would opt to go with a younger lineup once qualification is assured.

Stars and Stripes FC has more on the roster announcement.

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

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)