October 14, 2012
Defender Johnson ruled out of Tuesday’s WCQ
KANSAS CITY -- So much for left back Fabian Johnson playing for the United States in its World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on Tuesday.
|Fabian Johnson did not recover from the flu and he is out of Tuesday's match vs. Guatemala.
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Johnson was ruled out of the game as he did not recover from the flu. He did not travel to Kansas City for the CONCACAF Group A encounter at Livestrong Sporting Park (7 p.m. ET).
Johnson is the Americans' top choice at the position, and his absence in the 2-1 qualifying win at Antigua and Barbuda forced coach Juergen Klinsmann to move central defender and team captain Carlos Bocanegra to the left side. As it turned out, the pass that set up Antigua's goal was initiated from that left flank before Eddie Johnson connected for his second goal in the 90th minute.
The U.S. enters the match with 19 healthy players. Teams are allowed as many as 23 players on their qualifying roster.
On Friday, midfielder Jermaine Jones received his second yellow card of the competition only minutes after he came on as a sub vs. Antigua.
Defender Edgar Castillo has been ruled out of the Antigua and Guatemala matches with a foot injury.
Midfielder-forward Landon Donovan and midfielder Brek Shea were left off the team last week due to injuries.
A tie with Guatemala (3-1-1, 10 points) would boost the Americans (3-1-1, 10) into next year's hexagonal. The U.S. could lose to the Central Americans and still advance if Jamaica (2-2-1, seven) ties or loses at home to Antigua (0-4-1, one).
The revised U.S. roster for Guatemala:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)