Although the U.S. national team already secured passage to Brazil next summer for the 2014 World Cup, Coach Juergen Klinsmann has taken a serious approach to the final two qualifiers by summoning a veteran roster. Several regulars, however, are unavailable because of injury.
Because MLS continues to ignore FIFA’s international fixture window, domestic-based players will miss key late-season matches over the next 10 days.
The Americans will face last-place Jamaica on Friday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, UniMas) and contender Panama on Oct. 15 in Panama City (9 p.m. ET, beIN Sport).
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders).
“We want to finish qualifying on a high note and prove a point in our region,” Klinsmann said. “We don’t view these games as the end of World Cup qualifying. For us, it’s the start of preparations for the World Cup, and therefore we have to continue to raise the bar. We have had such amazing support from our fans throughout the last two years, and we owe it to them to put our best foot forward.”
Notable absences: Michael Bradley (ankle), John Brooks (arm), Clint Dempsey (hamstring), Clarence Goodson (knee), Fabian Johnson (ankle).
Depending on additional injuries and yellow card suspensions, the roster could change between the two matches.