June 16, 2011
By Michael Lewis
WEDDINGS 2, U.S. 0
Donovan, Dempsey to miss training
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States will be forced to prepare for its most important game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup without its two most influential attacking players.
|Landon Donovan will miss U.S. training this week due to his sister's wedding in California. He will be back in time for Sunday's Gold Cup quarterfinal vs. Jamaica.
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Midfielders Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey will miss training for Sunday's quarterfinal match against Jamaica because they will be attending family weddings, according to a U.S. Soccer spokesman.
Donovan's and Dempsey's sisters are getting married on Saturday and both players were given permission to attend the proceedings well before the tournament by coach Bob Bradley, U.S. Soccer spokesman Michael Kammarman said.
Dempsey and Donovan are scheduled to fly here Saturday night.
The players will miss a light practice on Thursday, a much more intensive session on Friday and a tactical session at RFK Stadium, the site of the game, on Saturday.
Donovan's sister's wedding is in California, while Dempsey's is in Texas.
If the U.S. finished third in Group C, the Americans would have played Mexico at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday. Both players would not have attended the weddings.
Donovan and Dempsey did some renegeration work in Kansas City on Wednesday, a day after the U.S. clinched a knockout round spot with a 1-0 victory over Guadeloupe.
The Americans face the Reggae Boyz at 3 p.m. Sunday before Panama meets El Salvador in a 6 p.m. encounter.
The winners advance to the semifinals in Houston next Wednesday.