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August 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Report: Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans to be called for Bosnia friendly, not Clint Dempsey

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgSI.com is reporting that Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans will be called up by the U.S. men’s national team for Wednesday’s friendly on the road against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The report also claims new addition Clint Dempsey, the USMNT captain will be left off the squad, presumably due to his extensive the past few days as he heads into his expected debut Saturday at Toronto FC.

U.S. Soccer is yet to announce its roster for the friendly, and I believe it is expected to be revealed Sunday or Monday.

Here is coach Sigi Schmid on potential call-ups by USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann after Wednesday’s practice: “I’ve said to Jurgen, he’s making my job harder in trying to get into the playoffs if he keeps grabbing players from me. But it is what it is. I’d rather have players of that quality than not have players of that quality, but there are certain sacrifices that you’ve got to make along with that.

“Once they issue their final roster, we’ll know who’s going for sure, but you always have an idea. Jurgen and myself spoke this morning, we’re always in communication, so I sort of have an idea what’s going on, but we’ll be OK at the end of the day, because we have other people who can step in and play. I think the energy in our team right now is very good.”

That appeared to be an indication Seattle’s roster would be coming.

The key Sounders game in this matter is an Aug. 17 road game against the Houston Dynamo, three days after the friendly. We’ll see what respective roles Johnson and Evans could be ready for as we get closer to it.

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