Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes ruled out of U.S. Soccer World Cup qualifiers
Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes will not join the U.S. Men’s National team camp for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, due to a groin strain.
Zardes, was selected to the 26-man roster early Sunday morning, but by the afternoon, U.S. Soccer confirmed that he will be unable to participate.
Zardes suffered the injury early in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake. He was eventually subbed off in the 33rd minute.
“He slipped in the first half and felt his groin a little bit, so he didn’t feel like he could go on,” Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said following Saturday’s game. ”
The Galaxy is off until Oct. 15.
U.S. Soccer announced that Zardes’ roster spot will not be filled. The U.S. faces Panama, Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Trinidad and Tobago, Oct. 10.
Players will begin camp on Monday.
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 (9): 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)
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)