Less than two weeks before the United States kicks off its pre-World Cup camp, two players who played frequent roles in qualifying went down with injuries. Starting center back Omar González left the L.A. Galaxy's game early with a knee injury, while Eddie Johnson didn't even make D.C. United's bench.
Johnson's injury originated last week in a winning effort over FC Dallas, when he left the match shortly after providing a nice assist for Fabián Espíndola early in the second half. D.C. coach Ben Olsen said Johnson could have played through it if he had to, and he expected Johnson to train all week, but the forward still wasn't healthy enough to start in Portland on Saturday.
González did start, and he played the entire first half for L.A. against the Colorado Rapids. However, Kofi Opare replaced him straight away out of the locker room, although word from the Galaxy is that the substitution was precautionary. González has a history knee injuries, having suffered a left ACL tear in his first training session during an offseason loan to FC Nürnberg in the Bundesliga. He returned to full play quickly, appearing for the Galaxy just six months after surgery.