Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE
Michael Bradley is out with an injury
Injuries to key players have somewhat marred the roster heading into their World Cup qualifying matches against the Reggae Boyz.
Landon Donovan will not be available due to a hamstring injury suffered in the United States' last friendly against Mexico.
The exclusion of Donovan is significant due to his experience on the international stage. A lack of relative pace on the roster is also magnified with the absence of Donovan.
Speaking of pace, the long awaited arrival of Josh Gatt to the national team will have to wait.
The 21-year-old was called up by Klinsmann for the first time. Unfortunately for Gatt, he suffered a hamstring injury during a weekend fixture and was deemed unfit for the tilts against Jamaica.
It's a shame for both player and country, because Gatt brings sublime pace to the table. He would have added a dynamic element to a roster lacking in that department.
It is a bit concerning that Gatt is starting to get the reputation of being "brittle". He's suffered an inordinate amount of hamstring and muscle injuries during the past couple seasons.
Outside-back Edgar Castillo was forced to be left off the roster due to a foot injury. Castillo played very well against Mexico in the last friendly, and does represent the elusive left-footed defender on the roster. He'll be missed from a depth standpoint.
Perhaps the biggest loss comes in the form of Michael Bradley.
The Roma man suffered a quad strain in his right thigh during training. Losing Bradley is a big blow—plain and simple.
He's been one of, if not the most consistent performer across the pond of anyone in the national team pool. A tidy player, Bradley has developed into a fantastic distributor of the ball. He's also adept at playing the passing lanes and positioning himself in open pockets of space in order to receive the ball.
Most importantly, he's got an engine that's always revving. No one can question the amount of effort and heart that Bradley displays every time he laces up the boots. That type of drive and leadership will be sorely missed.