Atlanta United FC midfielder Darlington Nagbe and Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen were supposed to go to Europe this week to be the United States men’s national team for a pair of friendlies, but they will now be staying home.
The national team announced Monday the pair of MLS stars have withdrawn from the national team camp to deal with injuries. Atlanta United said Nagbe suffered a “low-grade left hamstring strain” in the club’s 3-1 playoff win over New York City FC Sunday. U.S. Soccer said in a release that Steffen “aggravated a lingering right hamstring issue” that began in October, following the national team’s match against Colombia.
Replacing Steffen on the roster to give the U.S. depth at goalkeeper is Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Jonathan Klinsmann is a 21-year-old, 6-foot-4 native of California. He played his college soccer at the University of California-Berkeley and now plays for Hertha BSC, a Bundesliga side.
This will be Klinsmann’s first camp with the senior national team. If he appears in a game, it will be his first cap. He played in nine games with the U.S. U-18 team and 19 games with the U.S. U-20 team, manning the goal for the Stars and Stripes in the 2017 U-20 World Cup.
U.S. Soccer did not announce a roster replacement for Nagbe and will currently carry a 27-man roster into upcoming friendlies against England and Italy.
Nagbe, 28, played 89 minutes in Atlanta’s playoff win Sunday before being subbed off for German midfielder Kevin Kratz. Nagbe finished the match with a 92-percent passing accuracy, seven ball recoveries, 11 duels won, a chance created and a tackle. Nagbe has started in 25 matches for Atlanta United this season. He missed more than two months of play due to an abductor injury.
Steffen, 23, was in the goal for the entirety of the Crew’s 3-0 loss against the New York Red Bulls Sunday, which eliminated the club from the MLS Cup Playoffs. Steffen had one save and one cross claimed in the defeat. The Pennsylvania native has six caps for the United States.
The U.S. will face England on Thursday at Wembley Stadium in a 3 p.m. ET contest that will air on ESPN2 and UniMas. The team will then travel to Genk, Belgium, to face Italy Nov. 20 for a 2:45 p.m. ET game that will be broadcast on FS1 and UniMas.
Atlanta’s Brad Guzan, Portland’s Jorge Villafana, and Tyler Adams and Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls are among the players competing in the MLS Cup Playoffs that will remain with the U.S. national team for this camp and the pair of friendlies.
The first leg of the MLS conference finals is set for Nov. 25.