November 8, 2016
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Gordon replaces injured Morris on USMNT for WCQ; Sacha is OK, joins the team for training
CHICAGO - U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added LA Galaxy forward Alan Gordon to the training camp roster for Friday's USA-Mexico game, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday.
|Alan Gordon, who has forged a reputation as a super sub for the LA Galaxy, has replaced Jordan Morris on the U.S. roster for World Cup qualifying.
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Gordon, who will arrive in Columbus later Tuesday, will join replace the injured Jordan Morris, the Seattle Sounders forward who was diagnosed with a hamstring strain suffered during the first half of the FC Dallas-Sounders FC playoff match Sunday night.
Gordon has made two appearances for the United States. He delivered the assist on the 90th minute game-winner by Eddie Johnson in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory at Antigua & Barbuda in October 2012.
Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who suffered a bloody nose in the 2-1 home loss to the Montreal Impact that eliminated the club from the Major League Soccer playoffs Sunday, flew into camp and is working out with the team. That bloody nose sidelined Kljestan for about 12 minutes at Red Bull Arena before he returned to the game.
The final round of World Cup qualifying, also known as the "Hex", begins with USA-Mexico in Columbus, Ohio Friday at 7:45 p.m. ET.
Four days later, the U.S. travels to San Jose in search of its first victory on Costa Rican soil.
U.S. roster (club; WCQ caps/goals)
Goalkeepers (4): Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough; 11/0), Ethan Horvath (Molde; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 32/0), William Yarbrough (Club Leon; 0/0)
Defenders (9): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 8/1), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United; 2/0), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin; 0/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt; 1/0), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca; 10/0), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach; 13/1), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana; 5/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United; 4/0)
Midfielders (9): Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 6/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; 29/5), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; 0/0), Julian Green (Bayern Munich; 0/0), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids; 14/0), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; 17/2), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund; 3/2), Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz; 1/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 14/3)
Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC; 31/16), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy; 1/0), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen; 3/1), Bobby Wood (Hamburg; 6/2)