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US Men's National Team Roster announced, Zusi and Besler left off

Graham Zusi and Matt Besler have not been called up to the United States National Team for upcoming friendlies.

Matt Sullivan

I guess the good news is we won't have to worry about another All-Star Game type injury.

Graham Zusi and Matt Besler have not been called up for the upcoming round of friendlies for the United States national team. The United States will be playing Scotland in Glasgow on November 15th and then they will travel to Vienna to take on Austria on the 19th.

Here is the entire 23-man roster for the United States.

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

DEFENDERS (7) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)

MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)

FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Notice that there are other notable absences from the other remaining MLS playoff teams, such as Nick Rimando with Real Salt Lake and Brad Davis from Houston. Looks like Jurgen decided to honor the playoffs and let those players stay with their clubs, although I wouldn't have minded if he had called up Davis.

This means that Soony Saad will be the only Sporting Kansas City player representing their national team over the international break. He'll be playing for Lebanon as they take Kuwait on the 15th and Thailand on the 19th.

Sporting KC returns to action on November 23rd for the second leg of the Eastern Conference finals, where they'll need a rested Zusi and Besler to try and defeat the Dynamo and advance to the MLS Cup in December.