The USMNT will be missing both Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley during its upcoming World Cup qualifying games against Jamaica and Panama.
The United States has already solidified its seventh-straight WC appearance, going 5-2-1 in the process before the final two qualifying games. The team will host Jamaica in Kansas City on Oct. 11th before traveling to Panama on the 15th.
Dempsey has been slowed since straining his right hamstring on Sept. 13 while Bradley sprained his left ankle in early September.
“We want to finish off the year on a high note but we also want to make the game against Jamaica a special one,” head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said to USSoccer.com. “It's our last home game of 2013 and we have had tremendous support from all the fans throughout the country.”
“Everything we do now sets the tone for the summer of 2014, and therefore it's important the players understand this is serious business,” he added.
Although the team will be missing those two stalwarts, Klinsmann is eager to give other guys an opportunity to make a final impression.
“It opens up maybe some playing time for Mix Diskerud or an Aron Johannsson. Maybe up top we can play Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson together. We will have a lot of discussions with the coaching staff on how to put the puzzle together.”