Dempsey left off U.S. national squad for Bosnia friendly
New Seattle Sounders signing Clint Dempsey has been omitted from the U.S. national team squad for next Wednesday's friendly in Sarajevo against Bosnia-Herzegovina, SI.com has learned.
Dempsey, the U.S. captain, has been a busy man lately and is expected to make his Sounders debut Saturday in Toronto. Players adjusting to new club environments often skip FIFA's August friendly date, which comes at an awkward time at the start of the European club calendar.
It remains to be seen what U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks of Dempsey's move from Tottenham Hotspur to Seattle. Klinsmann has not commented publicly on the move, though he has said in the past that he wants his U.S. players to challenge themselves at the highest possible club level.
Dempsey's Seattle teammates, Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans, will be part of the U.S. squad next week, according to a source with knowledge of the call-ups.
In other U.S. squad news, SI.com has also confirmed that promising 20-year-old Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks has accepted a call-up and will be with the U.S. senior team for the first time next week. Brooks, the son of a German woman and U.S. serviceman, has dual citizenship and reportedly turned down a call-up this week to the German under-21 team.
Because the Bosnia game is a friendly, Brooks will not be cap-tied to the U.S. next week. But his decision to come into the U.S. camp is a positive sign as the U.S. tries to recruit him to the Stars & Stripes. A 6-foot-4-inch center back with promising foot skills, Brooks is expected to make his Bundesliga debut on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt.