Jurgen Klinsmann has named Michael Bradley captain for the Gold Cup.
After Dempsey and Klinsmann discussed Dempsey’s actions in the Open Cup and the subsequent fallout from his conduct, Klinsmann decided to name Bradley as captain for this tournament to allow Dempsey to concentrate solely on his performances over the next few weeks.
Klinsmann revealed the decision to the entire squad in a team meeting held here in Nashville on Wednesday night. There has been no decision made regarding the status of the captaincy after the tournament.
Dempsey remains an integral figure in the squad. He is expected to play a prominent role for the Americans as they attempt to retain the Gold Cup and secure a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
“I had a very, very good conversation with Clint about what happened during the Open Cup, but also about how we want to approach things,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “For the time being we thought it’s the best thing to give the captaincy to Michael Bradley and let Clint focus on what he’s all about. Clint is about scoring goals. We need Clint Dempsey badly with the National Team. We need him in a good spirit.”
Brad Davis has a knee injury which is going to rule him out of the Gold Cup. Since the tournament hasn’t started yet, the US can fill out paperwork in order to replace someone on the roster with someone who was on the 35-man provisional roster. That lucky player who gets to “come on down” is left back Greg Garza. He is headed to Nashville to join the team for Friday’s friendly against Guatemala.
And while a lot of fans wanted to see Jordan Morris on the Gold Cup roster, we might know why he wasn’t selected for the final 23-man roster as he had surgery yesterday for a stress fracture in one of his legs.
According to Steven Goff, the USMNT will be taking on Peru in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washinton D.C. in September. The US hasn’t faced Peru since a 1-0 win at the 2000 Gold Cup.
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Brian Span went the full 90 minutes and scored his second league goal of the season in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw to HIFK on Sunday. Here are the highlights. A couple other guys scored if you follow along with our goal tracker.
We also had some goals in friendlies over the last couple days.
Kenny Saief scored for Gent in a 2-2 draw to SK Deinze. Nermin Crnkic scored a goal for Jablonec in a 2-1 win in something called the Minister Cup. And Andrew Wooten scored a goal for Sandhausen in a 1-0 win over Würzburger Kickers.
Shaq Moore’s Huracán Valencia CF did not win promotion to Spain’s second division (lost 3-1 on aggregate), but you can learn more about his club here.
For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.
Clint Dempsey will be eligible for the Gold Cup as MLS has suspended Dempsey for only three games for his conduct during the US Open Cup match against Portland where he ripped up a ref’s notebook. He will be able to sit out those three games with Seattle prior to the Gold Cup.