June 17, 2008
U.S. releases 10; Reis back with Revs
The U.S. National Team released 10 players from World Cup qualifying commitments Monday.
|Goalkeeper Matt Reis has returned from the U.S. National Team to play against the Red Bulls Wednesday.
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Among the players returning to their MLS clubs were goalkeeper Matt Reis, who is expected to play against the Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Reis had been called into the team as a backup to Brad Guzan after former MetroStars keeper Tim Howard injured his back and was unable to play last Sunday.
U.S. national coach Bob Bradley was in a position to release those players because of the Americans' 8-0 romp over Barbados in the first leg of the CONCACAF total-goals series in Carson, Calif. The teams will play in the second leg in Bridgetown, Barbados in the second leg Sunday.
It will take a monumental collapse by the U.S. for the team to fail to advance to the CONCACAF semifinal round, which begins Aug. 20.
Other MLS players have returned to their clubs Monday, including Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids) and Guzan (Chivas USA).
Two other European-based players also were released -- Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England) and Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, Germany).
There is a chance that a couple of those players might come back to the team at the end of the week, according to a U.S. Soccer spokesman.
The team will add more players to its camp in Miami throughout the week. U.S. Soccer will announce its travel roster Friday.