U.S. national team news and notes

November 5, 2013
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Here is why American midfielder Sacha Kljestan received a second yellow card and was sent off in the 82nd minute of Anderlecht’s 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League:

Before his dismissal, Kljestan assisted on the goal (skip ahead to 0:55):

With three defeats and a draw, Anderlecht sits at the bottom of Group C with two matches remaining. Kljestan, who has scored in three consecutive Belgian league matches, will miss Benfica’s visit to Brussels on Nov. 27.

The only other U.S. national team player in Champions League is midfielder Jermaine Jones, whose Schalke side will visit Chelsea on Wednesday (2:45 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus, www.foxsoccer2go.com). Both have six points through three Group E matches.

Looking ahead to the U.S. friendly against Scotland on Nov. 15 in Glasgow (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2, UniMas, WatchESPN), the Scots have set their roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Scott Fox (Partick Thistle), Matt Gilks (Blackpool), David Marshall (Cardiff City).

DEFENDERS: Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Gordon Greer (Brighton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Lee Wallace (Rangers), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

MIDFIELDERS: Charlie Adam (Stoke City), Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace), Scott Brown (Celtic), Craig Bryson (Derby County), Chris Burke (Birmingham City), James Forrest (Celtic), James Morrison (West Brom), James McArthur (Wigan), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

FORWARDS: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), Steven Naismith (Everton), Matt Phillips (Queens Park Rangers), Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn).

U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann will probably announce his roster after this weekend’s club matches. He is also planning ahead for a Nov. 19 friendly against Austria in Vienna. Although MLS is in the thick of the playoffs, Klinsmann is considering players from the league. (There are no playoff matches scheduled during the FIFA window.) Don’t be surprised if some players are chosen for one match or the other, while others are summoned for both. Regardless, Klinsmann is planning to field strong groups for both matches.

Hoffenheim defender Fabian Johnson is close to returning from a calf injury and seems likely to receive a U.S. call-up.

Austria’s roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Robert Almer (Energie Cottbus), Heinz Lindner (Austria Vienna), Ramazan Ozcan (Ingolstadt).

DEFENDERS: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Schalke), Gyorgy Garics (Bologna), Martin Hinteregger (Red Bull Salzburg), Florian Klein (Red Bull Salzburg), Emanuel Pogatetz (Nurnberg), Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen), Manuel Ortlechner (Austria Vienna), Markus Suttner (Austria Vienna).

MIDFIELDERS: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Veli Kavlak (Besiktas), Christoph Leitgeb (Red Bull Salzburg), Marcel Sabitzer (Rapid Vienna), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart).

FORWARDS: Marc Janko (Trabzonspor), Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa), Lukas Hinterseer (Wacker Innsbruck), Philipp Zulechner (Groedig).

The U.S. women’s national team will gather in Orlando for Sunday’s high-profile friendly against Brazil (3:30 p.m., NBC), the last game in 2013. More than 14,000 tickets have been sold. Tom Sermanni‘s U.S. roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign).

DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign), Kristie Mewis (Kansas City), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue), Leigh Ann Robinson (Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (Kansas City).

MIDFIELDERS: Yael Averbuch (unattached), Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), Lauren Holiday (Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Erika Tymrak (Bayern Munich).

FORWARDS: Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash).

Brazil’s tentative roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Thais (Centro Olimpico), Luciana (Ferroviaria).

DEFENDERS: Rilany (Ferroviaria), Tayla (Ferroviaria), Andréia Rosa (Avaldsnes, Norway), Thaisa (Ferroviaria), Rafinha (University of Mississippi), Calandrini (Centro Olimpico), Tamires (Centro Olimpico).

MIDFIELDERS: Laylla (University of Texas-San Antonio), Rosana  (Avaldsnes, Norway), Maria (Centro Olimpico), Bia (Ferroviaria), Gabi Zanotti  (Centro Olimpico), Andressa  (Ferroviaria).

FORWARDS: Debinha  (Avaldsnes, Norway), Cristiane (Centro Olimpico), Nene (Ferroviaria), Raquel (Ferroviaria).

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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