Klinsmann adds pair to US roster for Guatemala qualifier
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann added midfielders Graham Zusi and Christian Pulisic to the roster ahead of Tuesday's World Cup 2018 qualifying rematch against Guatemala on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.
The Americans lost 2-0 at Guatemala on Friday, the first loss to Los Chapines in 21 games since January 1988.
Zusi, who played in the 2014 World Cup, has three goals in 32 appearances for the national team. His last U.S. game was in the third place match of the 2015 Gold Cup. He plays for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.
Pulisic is a 17-year-old who makes his debut on the senior national team roster. He represented the U.S. at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup. He plays for Germany's Borussia Dortmund.
Several U.S. players missed the Guatemala match because of injuries. Defender John Brooks (bruised knee) and midfielder Fabian Johnson (groin) returned to their clubs in Germany and defender Matt Besler suffered a concussion in training Thursday and flew to Kansas City on Sunday for further evaluation. Also, midfielder Jermaine Jones is suspended.
Trinidad and Tobago (2-1) leads Group C with seven points. Guatemala (2-0-1) is one point back. The U.S. (1-1-1) has four points and St. Vincent (0-3-0) is last.
In September, the Americans play at St. Vincent and host Trinidad to complete the regional semifinals. The top two teams advance to the six-nation regional finals.