Klinsmann adds Zusi, Pulisic to U.S. roster; removes Johnson, Besler
Jurgen Klinsmann has made a series of changes to the U.S. national team roster ahead of Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifier vs. Guatemala in Columbus, U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday.
Defender Matt Besler and defender/midfielder Fabian Johnson will return to their clubs, while midfielders Graham Zusi and Christian Pulisic will join the team in Columbus.
Both of the squad removals are injury-related. Besler suffered a concussion in training on Thursday, and was not available for selection when U.S. lost at Guatemala the next day. Johnson arrived in camp with a groin injury suffered with his club team Borussia Mönchengladbach and was also not included in Friday's squad. Johnson had not made adequate progress to be included in Tuesday's match, according to U.S. Soccer, so he will continue his recovery in Germany.
Zusi, Besler's teammate with Sporting Kansas City, joins the U.S. after helping his club to perfect 3–0–0 start to the MLS season. Zusi, 29, has played 32 times for the national team, scoring three goals. He was part of the U.S. squad for the 2014 World Cup, where he registered two assists.
Pulisic, 17, will be attending his first senior national team camp after breaking into the Borussia Dortmund first team after the new year. Pulisic was initially called up by Klinsmann to be part of the squad ahead of Friday's game at Guatemala, but was forced to withdraw due to illness.