As expected, Clint Dempsey was among a group of MLS players named to the United States for their match against Honduras on Tuesday. The U.S. captain is joined by Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler and Sean Johnson. Among the players being sent home are Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Luis Gil.
Jurgen Klinsmann had hinted that this was a possibility back when he named the roster for Friday's match against Ecuador, saying that he had hoped to integrate different players.
While Dempsey's inclusion comes at an inopportune time, it shouldn't affect his availability for the Sounders' next game against the LA Galaxy Oct. 19. Dempsey will likely rejoin the Sounders on Wednesday, giving him a full three days of training.
There had been some hope that DeAndre Yedlin might be among the players who were sent back, but after being arguably the United States' best player against Ecuador, it appears as though Klinsmann will take this opportunity to get a longer look. The team Klinsmann fields on Tuesday will likely be far closer to his first-choice lineup than the one that played against Ecuador.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3):Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)