Three Seattle Sounders FC starters have been called in to the United States national team for its next round of World Cup qualifying.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans will join their U.S. teammates Sunday in Miami and depart Tuesday for their Sept. 6 match at Costa Rica. They will then travel to Columbus, Ohio, where Team USA will meet Mexico on Sept 10.
The timing means the trio will be with the Sounders on Saturday when they visit the Columbus Crew, but they will miss the Wednesday home match against Chivas USA and the Sept. 7 home match against the Chicago Fire. Their availability for the Sept. 13 home match against Western Conference-leading Real Salt Lake likely will depend on how much each plays against Mexico.
Dempsey, the U.S. national team captain, is one match away from his 100th cap, but he is just three games into his Sounders career. Johnson has 18 career goals for the U.S. team and six goals this season with Seattle. Evans has been a regular at midfield for Seattle while being used as a right back by national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
The United States leads its qualifying group with a 4-1-1 record with four matches remaining. The top three finishers in the group qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place finisher goes to a two-game playoff against New Zealand, the Oceania region winner.Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer @donruiztnt