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By DAN KARELL
With Michael Bradley unavailable due to his ankle injury, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has reportedly turned to Sacha Kljestan to help provide depth and support in the midfield.
According to a report on Belgian club RSC Anderlecht’s website, Kljestan has been called up to the USMNT for their World Cup qualifying matches against Jamaica in Kansas City, Kansas, on Oct. 11 and at Panama on Oct. 15. U.S. Soccer hasn’t officially confirmed the selection, as they have delayed their roster announcement until Sunday due to injury concerns.
The 28-year-old central midfielder was surprisingly left off the last USMNT roster as the side lost at Costa Rica before defeating Mexico in Columbus last month and qualifying for the World Cup.
This season, Kljestan has started 12 games and scored four goals for Anderlecht, which currently sits in fourth place in the Belgian League standings. Kljestan’s side has also lost their first two UEFA Champions League matches in shutout fashion.
The last time Bradley was missing from the full U.S. squad before his injury came in the USMNT’s match this summer against Belgium. Kljestan started alongside Jermaine Jones as the U.S. succumbed to a talented Belgium side, 4-2, in Cleveland.
If the report is accurate, Kljestan will arrive in Kansas City on Sunday along with the rest of the 23-man squad.
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