Shea to miss upcoming USMNT qualifiers (and Donovan leaves Galaxy match with injury)

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CARSON, Calif.– While Eddie Johnson revealed at least one surprise in the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, there will at least be one more.

Sources have confirmed to SBI that FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea will not be called up by Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.

There are no details yet as to why Shea won't take part in the qualifiers on Friday and October 16th, but it should be noted he left FC Dallas' last match, a 3-3 draw vs. San Jose last week, early with with appeared to be an injury.

With Shea out, and with Landon Donovan having suffered an injury late in the LA Galaxy's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, Jurgen Klinsmann will likely need to look at new wing midfield options heading into the upcoming qualifiers.

Donovan was forced out of Saturday's match after landing awkwardly after taking a shot. He left the match soon after and at the final whistle he could be seen walking gingerly as he headed to the locker room.

What do you think of these developments? Think Graham Zusi will be a clear-cut starter for the upcoming matches? Who would you like to see called up in Shea and Donovan's place (if Donovan can't play)?

Share your thoughts below.

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80 Responses to Shea to miss upcoming USMNT qualifiers (and Donovan leaves Galaxy match with injury)

  1. Liga says:

    I mean even without an injury, Shea wasn’t a lock for a call.

    We need Bradley back and in form–that’s about it.

  2. Jake says:

    Shea wasn’t a lock, but he was pretty likely.

  3. beachbum says:

    hope Landon’s not injured

  4. Sam says:

    Looks like Graham Zusi just got real important.

  5. Dave says:

    Josh Gatt on the right please.

  6. Josh says:

    I would like to think Zusi fills one spot considering how he played in the last Qualifiers and in MLS since then, but then again this is JK. Logic and popular decisions goes out the window

  7. Josh says:

    Only if we can pair him with Beckerman….

    (sarcasm is hard over type)

  8. Liga says:

    What the heck is this comment?

    How do you think Zusi got the chance to play well in a qualifier? Hello, Klinsmann called him in and started him.

    Seriously, how did you even manage to write this comment? It’s like you think Zusi just magically appeared on the pitch and Klinsmann had nothing to do with it. By your logic, the logical and popular decision would be to not play Zusi since playing Zusi is just what Klinsmann did and you say Klinsmann doesn’t use logic.

  9. Jim in Atlanta says:

    I hear gatt and gyau are pretty good players and so is Lichaj who could play lb and fabian LW. But hey that’s just me talking nonsense. We all know non of this will ever happen… Sigh

  10. Carlos says:

    Zusi, Corona step up, Gatt, or Pontius. We have options. Better not still play 3 DMs.. smh

  11. Liga says:

    Yeah, was that before or after Gatt got the call up for the qualifiers but had to withdraw with an injury?

    You people just create these F**** fantasy worlds in your head and run with them.

  12. Dj says:

    Liga your such a condesending c**t it’s insane. Stfu it’s a message board.

  13. Chupacabra says:

    No Beckerman. He smells like butt, and he’s useless against teams from countries that smell like butt.

  14. Liga says:

    Yeah, people deserve it.

    Don’t come around trashing the coach for something they didn’t do. People spout stupid comments like that and I’m calling them out.

    Nothing more condescending then mouthing off at someone for doing the opposite of what you claim they did.

  15. Donovan Robertson says:

    Gatt, Gyau, Corona and Pontius need to be capped in one of these upcoming games. Guys you are right. Logics eludes Klinsman. I admire the way Mexico is integrating their younger players with the older players. Thats why they reign supreme in CONCACAF. The USA has some very good technical players who are creative midfielders. Mixx is doing a great job this year. Well, I guess we’ll never see a creative and technical midfielder in the starting 11 while de boss is in charge.

  16. Goalscorer24 says:

    Boy I will say Klinsmann has had much worse luck with injuries to key players than Bradley did.

  17. Mike says:

    Haha that’s funny.

    People are making things up to insult someone and Liga gets on their case, aggressively yes, and the person you have an issue with is Liga? Not the people talking out their a.sses to insult?

    It’s just like politics. People lying left and right but don’t you dare call them on it or you’re divisive!

  18. Joe says:

    I would love to see Sacha Kljestan finally get a serious look under Klinsmann. It might be time to call in Wondolowki and alter the formation instead of trying to find a winger to replace Donovan. Otherwise, we might be counting on Zusi to retain his spot on the right flank as a straight swap for Donovan.

  19. beachbum says:

    when you say “you people” you’re picking on everyone and just sound arrogant no matter what you have to say

    that fans wonder what lineup may be seen at any time is more a reflection that Coach is still searching, and that fact couldn’t be more displayed than with Zusi’s start last game. and yes it was a good call but if he had it so dialed why not before?

    and it’s no rip on Klinsmann that he’s still searching AND no rip on any fans who are aware of this fact and wonder if the 3 DM squad returns or not

    so not “you people” but just you…slow down please man.

  20. Peretz48 says:

    Even before tonight’s injury Donovan was showing signs of a still useful, but quickly aging player. He’s been so valuable for so long, but I’m afraid that he may not a core player by the time ’14 rolls around.

  21. Straight Raw No Condom says:

    Doesn’t matter who we play, we will win both games comfortably. We are the second best team in the region.

  22. atd says:

    (This is sarcasm, no?)

  23. louis z says:

    And the plot thickens.

  24. louis z says:

    what was wrong with Josh’s comments? I happen to agree with it.

  25. GW says:

    “and yes it was a good call but if he had it so dialed why not before?”

    Did you ever hear of working players into a lineup?

    Or do you expect that everytime a new guy is called up they will play like the second coming?
    And if he doesn’t then he should be dropped forever?

  26. louis z says:

    I agree.

  27. boosted335 says:

    wish they would finally take Dallas’ best American player

  28. Jim in Atlanta says:

    Lol what? I what’s crazy about playing fabian at lw and Lichaj at lb? I know such a absurd idea lol. And the only player who has not gotten a call is gyau. So your telling me that calling corona in is alright but gyau is insane lol. I you know who is a good player? Kyle beckerman play him on the wing lmfao.

  29. atd says:

    Bradley lost two of his most important players before the WC, then another before the Gold Cup, then two more DURING the Gold Cup — hell, it’s possible he’d still be coaching the USMNT but for the injury to Cherundolo in the GC final. . . .

  30. GW says:

    Of course, attacking midfield and winger issues and the answer is……call in a center back!

    George John is your Bornstein isn’t he?

  31. 2tone says:

    Well that pretty much solidifies Josh Gatt and Chris Pontius into teh line-up. Oh and Jones was still sidelined with an injury as well.

  32. louis z says:

    I think a crucial WC qualifiers are a bit more important.

  33. Football player says:

    How many people on here have won a World Cup or European championship? Please show Klinsmann some respect. He wanted to play attractive football and from the jump he realized this country does not have any real creative players that can take over a match. Since it’s not his job to develop them, he goes with what he has.

  34. GW says:

    “what was wrong with Josh’s comments?”

    Josh seems to think that JK is so illogical in his behavior that he might leave out Zusi from these upcoming qualifiers.

    Given JK’s past behavior, Josh’s stance is illogical.

    Zusi is practically JK’s pet project, a succesful pet project. This is the man JK has consistently called in when other’s thought he would not, the man who JK has very clearly been grooming to make up ,to some extent, for Donovan’s absence.

    Should Donovan not make it, what seems most likely given how he has behaved in the past, is that for A & B, JK will shift Castillo to left back, partner Fabian with Danny Williams behind a midfield trio of Zusi, Dempsey and Corona, with Jozy or Gomez up top. Corona and Castillo apparently have had some success at Xolos partnering up on the left side.

    If Gatt is sound, which seems unlikely, he may be called in to play with EJ, assuming he gets the call, in the second half. He would get the
    call rather than Gyau or Pontius because he appears to more exceptional and talented than Pontius and is more polished than Gyau, who is very raw.

  35. GW says:

    atd did not say the Gold Cup was more important.

    He just mentioned the fact that losing the Gold Cup final gave the USSF the excuse they needed to fire Bradley. Had Bradley not lost Dolo in the final and a very hot Jozy a few games before that,there is a good chance maybe we win the final.

    Bradley lost the heart of his defence with injuries to Demerit (eye) and Gooch (knee) shortly before the WC 2010. They came back but they certainly were not the same. And of course, he lost the sharp tip of the spear when Davies got hurt.

    It’s all hypothetical but are you going to tell me the US would not have been a lot more interesting if those injuries had never happened?

  36. GW says:

    Gatt has to get through his weekend game uninjured first. Even then, given Gatt’s brittle nature, Molde may hold him out injured.

    JK made it clear he sees Gatt as an exceptional player. It’s not clear that he views Pontius the same way.

    What is more likely is Castillo at left back, Fabian at midfield and Corona on the wing opposite Zusi.

  37. abc says:

    +1 to Pontius

    Hopefully Donovan will be fine.

  38. Chris Van der rien says:

    jozy altidore has been snubbed by klinsman as well. hottest player in europe and still gets left home. not a fan of the kid but its clear now jurgen has a problem with jozy. Im from NC was visiting holland and got a chance to catch AZ practice and spoke to jozy who said he will be in holland next week for az charity friendly which means he got the snub. I should be a reporter. they play in tessel, holland on wed.

  39. It is a fact that 95% of international teams win their international games after being up 2-0. Bradley said after the game that the U.S. was playing for a “third goal.” That statement seemed very strange given his propensity to field defensive-minded lineups.

    The fact is that Bradley achieved what only 5% of teams do by not positioning his team to play adequate defense to protect a lead. He moved Erich Lichaj to right back from left back (where he was playing very well), and inserted one of his favorite players: Jonathan Bornstein. He could have inserted Jonathan Spector and right back, and kept Lichaj were he was. Mexico began to attack Bornstein as soon as he stepped on the field (it was like hungry rats on a piece of meat).

    Coach Bradley played a major part in the U.S. losing the Gold Cup final, and his poor roster selections (Findley, Bornstein, Clark) cost the U.S. the opportunity to show better in major tournaments. He had an excellent run as coach of the national team, but it was time for him to step aside.

  40. biff says:

    Kind of a weird story. Is that really true? In any case, my first thought when I saw the Eddie Johnson was called up was that Jozy will not be coming.

  41. biff says:

    This thread really got out of control as the news story above is about Brek Shea…

    It could be that Shea is injured, but I am not sure he would have been called up anyway. At this point, I think Klinsmann has better options than Shea for the wings, such as Pontius and Gatt and I think Castillo would be a better choice at the current time for left winger than Shea. And maybe Klinsmann will surprise and start Fabian Johnson at left wing.

  42. ACS says:

    With all these injuries good news is, MB started today for Roma.
    As far as wings go, you could still put Dempsey there even though he is better in the middle and put Corona/healthy Mix in the middle with Zusi on the right side.

  43. bizzy says:


  44. Swissy says:

    I know this is unheard of… let Dempsey play his club team position at winger and play 2 true forwards… 1 forward usually isnt getting us anywhere

  45. bizzy says:

    And you know JK is going to do all this how???
    with castillo at LB he’ll “partner Fabian with Danny Williams BEHIND a midfield TRIO of Zusi, Dempsey and Corona”?? That makes it how many midfielders total?? wow

  46. bizzy says:

    Well said man…

  47. JON says:


  48. Steven says:

    With all these injured or semi-injured midfielders – Jones (out of last two games), Donovan (knee), Bradley (coming back?), Diskerud (late scratch from midweek game) – I am thinking we have to go with a 4-3-3. Dempsey can play forward/midfielder distributor.


    I just choose Goodson over Cameron because Goodsen is a little bit older and more mature and that lineup is pretty young in general. Just hope we get some of those semi-injured back to full strength soon. Diskerud and Bradley. Maybe this is Joe Corona’s time to shine.

  49. Steven says:

    Good to hear Bradley started. He is so vital to our team right now. He could be captain if he keeps playing the way he has. Good idea about Dempsey dropping back into midfield. That will get goal-scoring machine Jozy Altidore onto the field full time.

  50. Steven says:

    Yeah. Good idea. Play Castillo or Gatt there. Castillo seemed to enjoy moving forward the last time I saw him play. I don’t know too much about Pontius, but I like that idea too because Brek Shea is a decent player but not decent enough for the seleccion.

  51. Steven says:

    Just looked at the internet. Bradley scored today! Yes!

  52. GW says:

    It’s called a 4-2-3-1. It is a pretty standard formation in Europe. Four defenders, five midfielders and one striker. Depending on the talents of the five midfielders it can shift between offense or defensive quickly.

    Fabian is the key to this as his dreaded “natural position” is central midfield as I recall.

    Surely you’ve heard of the formation?

    The personnel I chose are very offensively oriented but that seems to be the idea.

    I know this based on watching JK’s moves since he came in which means it is about as likely to happen as any of the other formations which people like you and others have put out on this site.

  53. GW says:

    That is all well and good but what you wrote
    is irrelevant.

    If Dolo does not get hurt is very likely that Bradley does not have a chance to make any of the “mistakes” you mentioned.

    Bradley most likely would have been fired anyway but losing that final made the decision a lot easier.

  54. GW says:

    Dempsey is playing behind the striker for Spurs.

  55. frantz says:

    What about Bradley kept Gomez on the bench using Findley on top instead of a young Herculez Gomez during the world cup in South Africa lol!! Man I’m so happy BBradley is gone.

  56. beachbum says:

    of course I have, but if you’re saying this was all by design by Coach, we disagree.

  57. beachbum says:

    “Since it’s not his job to develop them, he goes with what he has.” wrong, and Klinsmann has said as much. Of course he has a hand in developing these guys, especially the ones he has insisted on playing out of position because he wanted to develop them there, out of club position!!!


    And anyway, Klinsmann is shown respect, and when he earns more, which I expect, he’ll earn more. You folks who think he walks on water are hilarious

  58. beachbum says:

    he should never have been hired for a second cycle, and the reason he was is because Gulati and Klinsmann played chicken with the national team

    biggest hand in ll of this was Gulati’s inability to close Klinsmann, and then being forced to rehire Bradley when all knew he should have been replaced

  59. Darwin says:

    Man, why do people want Gyau to get called up? Weird.

  60. Bryan says:

    Gatt, Beasley, Pontius are the options

  61. Tower of Power says:

    See above comment regarding only 5% of international teams losing losing games after leading 2-0. Injuries are a part of the game, but what was not wise is to admit that you were going for a third goal when you should have been trying to close out the game. That was a tactical mistake that had very little to do with Cherundolo getting injured (although we all know that Bornstein’s inclusion didn’t help matters).

  62. Phlub says:

    Paaaaaaace… (no Donovan no Shea) we need pace. Pontius and Zusi are solid but not helping in the pace category. This needs to get resolved or it will be a rather uneventful pair of qualifiers offensively relying only on set pieces and crosses, and Jozy left again stranded up front.

    Been a while since there was a decent US counter attack!

  63. jon says:

    zusi on one wing. dempsey or gomez on the other. we’ll be fine.

  64. Goalscorer24 says:

    I don’t recall in qualifying Bradley ever being without Donovan, and/or Dempsey (not being fit), and then Bradley Jr as well. This is what 2 years in so there is another 2 years to go. At this pace Klinsmann will have been without more key players then Bradley.

  65. Gary Page says:

    Lots of extraneous comments. Who should be called in to replace Dempsey and Shea, not who should start is the question. If Klinsman wants a left winger for Shea, Beasley has the experience and has been playing regularly in Mexico. In lieu of Donovan maybe bring in someone creative like Adu. Time for Pontius or Wondo or Eddie Johnson to get a look? Or how about Dax McCarty for midfield? Don’t have a chance to see Gatt or Diskerud, so don’t know how they would fit. Kljestan is certainly another possibility in midfield. Personally, I’d like to see a play maker like Adu along with Jones and Bradley in midfield and play Gomez, Dempsey, and Altidore up top or have Dempsey play slightly behind the strikers. We need to score goals to move on and you know that both A&B and Guatemala will bunker in so we need attackers.

  66. Lost in Space says:

    Replacements for Donovan:
    Gatt, Corona, or Bedoya. All have speed and are good right footed options. Zusi was already going to be called up.
    Replacement for Shea:
    Not that he was a lock to be called or play, but he could/should be replaced with Pontious…best option right now.

  67. GW says:


    I doubt Klinsmann planned on having so many injuries to key players or to have Dempsey without a club for so long that he was not at his best for the qualifiers until now.

    But if you are telling me JK did not notice that since he took over Donovan has been more absent than not, then you think JK is a lot more stupid than I do.

    JK has been bringing Zusi, Shea, Castillo and Corona along more or less from the start, with varying degrees of success to date.

    Maybe it had nothing to do with Donovan’s poor attendance but I don’t believe in coincidences much.

  68. beachbum says:

    hind sight is 20-20

    Bradley didn’t go for the 3rd goal vs. Brazil and lost 3-2 Confed Cup. So he went for it in the Mexico game Gold Cup and they lost playing that tactic too.

    I can understand that decision making, even though it turned out how it did. Bradley’s belief in Bornstein is ultimately what doomed that game, and brought the final axe for Bradley himself, my opinion

  69. GW says:


    I have to give you credit for “There is only so much oil in the ground”.

    What does your comment have to do with anything we talked about?

    It was well known before the tournament that Bradley had to win it (and do not forget, get the USMNT into the 2013 Confederations Cup)or he was probably toast.

    Whether he was going for a third goal or whether he was trying to shut it down, losing Dolo was a big blow.

  70. GW says:

    “instead of a young Herculez Gomez”

    Gomez was about 29 then, hardly young by soccer standards.

  71. jeremy says:

    Yes please.

  72. beachbum says:

    hey GW,

    we agree everyone sees that LD has been more absent, and that there has been a need for wide play on both sides of the field. Zusi was a great run out, he’s responded with club and is primed to contribute to the Nats again soon. He’s an MLSer, I dig it! Glad when he got his big opportunity he stepped up

    On Klinsmann, to me his big challenge is the short term of his tenure so he’s still looking for some answers as he adjusts his initial ideas even after finding many key answers. If he’d have started the job right after South Africa he could have done all this sorting out then, a normal process for a new coach, in those years that turned out to be Bradley’s lame duck period, but instead he has to do it now.

    I think he will too, and the players will respond. Looking forward to see what he does in the next one

  73. bizzy says:

    If you were watching JK moves since he came in (like you said) and actually watched his interviews after the games you will know he likes the Barcelona and Ajax formations(4-3-3, surely you’ve heard of this). He couldn’t impliment it effectively because our forwards kept running out of gas, because this formation needed our forwards to track back immediately after they lost the ball (like Messi or Inesta), attacking and defending as a group and he feared that he wouldn’t have any forwards left for subs (at the time he had Buddle and Altidore).
    Next was the 4-4-2 which he tried both diamond and flat, then later the 4-2-3-1 (a formation which most of the top clubs in Europe DON’T use).
    He also stated that he is not bound to or favors any particular formation, that its just a matter of the players he has and the opponent that he’s going up against.
    So unless you’re seen a tweet or he sent you an email you have no idea what formation he is going to be fielding, just like me and others like you said on this site

  74. Hogatroge says:

    Bedoya’s injured and hasn’t played for Helsingborg in a few wks.

  75. oliver says:

    How about Freddy Adu…. Just to see how he plays with the big boys

  76. josh white says:

    i would love to see freddy adu and eddie johnson two very good players im losing my like for jozy

  77. josh white says:

    i agree with you he has not had the fair chances

  78. Matt Swift says:

    I think Brek Shea is horrible in the first place and doesn’t belong on the squad as it is. I would like to see Graham Zusi fill the role of Donovan(or even play along side of Donovan when he returns). Also, I feel like Kyle Bekerman needs to be finally kicked to the curb. When Stuart Holden is healthy again, I would like to see him back on the pitch for USMNT(people forget about him) I’m just so weary of Jurgen’s line-up choices and I hope he doesnt make me mad today with who he calls up.

  79. Spank says:

    This post was a complete lie! Shea is on the roster!