USMNT: Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson withdraw from Scotland, Austria friendlies due to injury
Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey and US teammate midfielder Fabian Johnson have been forced to withdraw from the national team's upcoming matches against Scotland and Austria due to injury, according to a statement released by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.
They will not be replaced on the roster. Manager Jurgen Klinsmann now enters both matches with a 21-man roster.
Dempsey picked up a right calf strain during training on Wednesday morning in Glasgow, where the team is training ahead of Friday's match-up against Scotland (3 pm ET, ESPN2 and UniMas). Meanwhile, Johnson wasn't able to shake off a right ankle injury and will head back to his club side Hoffenheim for further evaluation.
The forced absence will mean Dempsey misses out on another two USMNT games after skipping out on two World Cup qualifiers in October. Johnson's last appearance, like Dempsey, came back on Sept. 10 against Mexico, when the US clinched a berth to the 2014 World Cup.
Here's the current US roster without Dempsey and Johnson:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)