Most of the English Premier League contingent was on duty this past week with the USMNT, but there was some positive news on the injury front for Brek Shea.
For much of the last year, Shea has been limited in his minutes due to foot, calf and knee injuries. However, on Thursday, Shea put in a 90-minute effort with Stoke's U-21 team as he continues his recovery.
Jozy Altidore managed to recover from a hamstring injury last weekend to come on as a 71st-minute substitute in the U.S.' 3-1 loss to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying on Friday night, but Altidore picked up a silly yellow card and will now miss the team's match against Mexico this Tuesday.
Geoff Cameron made a surprise start in the U.S.' game against Costa Rica, replacing Michael Bradley, who was injured during the warmup. Cameron also picked up a yellow card in the game and will miss the match against Mexico.
Cameron also took to Twitter to complain about the card with some unsavory language.
Tim Howard played 90 minutes against Costa Rica on Friday, but was blamed by many for Costa Rica's second and third goals, leading to at least one poll in which USMNT fans called for Brad Guzan to be given the start Tuesday against Mexico.
Brad Guzan was called up for the USMNT, but was on the bench for the match against Costa Rica.
Maurice Edu is still recovering from off-season surgery.