Summary

  • Wood suspended for USMNT's Copa America semi-final.
  • Stars and Stripes beat Ecuador 2-1 on Thursday.
  • Brooks and Johnson continue to shine.

USMNT head coach Jürgen Klinsmann admits new Hamburger SV striker Bobby Wood will be a big miss in next week's Copa America Centenario semi-final against the winner of Argentina's clash with Venezuela.

The 23-year-old Honolulu native has started all four of the Stars and Stripes' Copa 100 outings, but picked up his second yellow card of the competition in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Ecuador, which rules him out of contention in Houston.

"Obviously [...] we're going to miss Bobby for the semi-final," Klinsmann said. "Not easy, but I think it's a team that has so much desire to grind it out."

And then there were three

No player better embodies the USMNT's steely fighting spirit than Hertha Berlin centre-back John Anthony Brooks. The 23-year-old found the mark with 91 per cent of his attempted passes against Ecuador, while his imperious defensive work appears to have rubbed off on Borussia Mönchengladbach wide man Fabian Johnson, who came out on top in 86 percent of his attempted challenges in the same game.

Despite not featuring quite as prominently as his Bundesliga roommates, Borusssia Dortmund prodigy Christian Pulisic showed flashes of brilliance as a substitute in the USA's only defeat of the tournament on Matchday 1 against Colombia and remains an exciting alternative to some of the more experienced members of Klinsmann's squad.

The USMNT are bidding to reach the final of the competition for the first time in four attempts.