As the United States enters the final round of World Cup Qualifying, they will only have one Seattle Sounders player on the roster — Clint Dempsey. The former USA captain is now a rotational player under Bruce Arena, and he leads CONCACAF in scoring in the Hex. Five other Sounders are involved in World Cup Qualification: Nicolas Lodeiro, Roman Torres, Joevin Jones, Gustav Svensson and Nouhou. Oniel Fisher is with Jamaica for a friendly against Saudi Arabia.
The United States plays Panama on Friday, October 6 at 4:30 PM PT (ESPN2, Univision, UDN). Orlando City’s stadium is hosting the match. On Tuesday, the Americans head to Trinidad & Tobago for a 5 PM match on beIN Sports and NBC Universo. Both Torres and Jones will face off against Dempsey. Panama also plays against Costa Rica (root for Costa Rica if you are a U.S. fan). Jones’ other game is against Mexico (root for Joevin if you are a U.S. fan).
Jordan Morris is currently injured and Cristian Roldan seems to be behind Kelyn Acosta and Dax McCarty — perhaps due to the broken arm he got this week. The Sounders have the weekend off. Dempsey remains tied with Landon Donovan for the USMNT scoring lead at 57 goals. Clint is also the leader in World Cup Qualifying caps and WCQ goals.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 15/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 37/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 35/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 12/1), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 24/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 16/0), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 6/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 4/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; (8/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 20/3)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 5/0), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 0/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 5/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 9/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 38/7), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City; 6/0), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 9/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 11/5), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 4/1)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 39/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 41/18), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 12/4)
Uruguay and Nicolas Lodeiro take on Venezuala and Bolivia in this break. Currently second in CONMEBOL, La Celeste cannot lock in a World Cup berth in these matches, but should pick up six points.
Sweden may lean on Gustav Svensson, a recent addition to their World Cup Qualifying selections. Sweden is second in their UEFA qualifying group, in range of leaders France and three up on Netherlands. The first match against Luxembourg is a must win, with the game against the Netherlands likely determining who advances to the UEFA playoffs.
Cameroon has yet to play Nouhou at the senior level. This international break is his chance to take the pitch for the full side. Cameroon is already eliminated from Russia 2018, so the game against Algeria may be Nouhou’s first game.
Fisher and Jamaica are also eliminated. Their match is against Saudi Arabia.