By the time the announcement came, it was no surprise.
The U.S. men’s national team has called up Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans for World Cup qualifiers Sept. 6 in Costa Rica and Sept. 10 vs. Mexico (in Columbus, Ohio). They are expected to report after Sounders FC’s road game Saturday against the Crew.
The trio is set to miss Seattle’s home games Sept. 4 vs. Chivas USA and Sept. 7 vs. Chicago. It’s possible their roles could also be affected in a Sept. 13 home game against Real Salt Lake.
Dempsey and Evans are one yellow-card away from suspension, so it’s possible to could rejoin the club team earlier.
On another note, Dempsey is set to make his 100th international appearance in his next game, which would make him the 14th in federation history to reach that milestone.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann addressed as much with USsoccer.com:
“Seeing Clint will be very exciting because he’s set for his 100th cap. This is huge! Obviously, his move to Seattle is big for everyone involved in soccer in the United States and it will still take him a while to still settle in, pick up his rhythm and have that understanding with those players he needs to have to deliver the goals. But saying all that, his 100th cap is very special and I said to him that we saved the 100th cap for Costa Rica because we have never won there, so you have to put your stamp on the game and he’s ready for that. It’s going to be exciting days for Clint, and obviously his benchmark is the highest it can be. We want to see him delivering, playing with high energy, and see him really be there for his team, fighting defensively and being himself offensively. All of that makes it an exciting time for Clint heading into the Costa Rica match.”
Here is the full roster:
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GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)