Klinsmann releases four players back to clubs before USA's clash vs. Ireland
United States men's national team manager Jürgen Klinsmann has released four players back to their clubs ahead of the friendly against Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.
DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin all played some part in the 2-1 defeat to Colombia at Craven Cottage on Friday night, but their contributions in this international window will end at that point.
Jones and Nguyen both hinted they would return to New England after the Colombia match for scheduling reasons. Both players will now focus their attention on the Revolution's postseason campaign and the first leg of the Eastern Conference final at New York on Sunday.
Similar considerations likely prompted Yedlin's return to Seattle despite his late arrival into camp. Yedlin only joined the American setup in midweek after featuring in Seattle's 0-0 draw against FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field on Monday night, but he will now rejoin Sounders FC ahead of the visit to LA Galaxy in the first leg of their Western Conference final tie on Sunday. Robbie Keane is also departing Ireland camp and heading back to the Galaxy with that fixture in mind.
Beasley does not have to worry about postseason commitments at this stage, but his departure does reduced the congested ranks at left back. Klinsmann can lean on Greg Garza (selected from the start against Colombia) and Timothy Chandler to fill that berth with the veteran Beasley on his way home.
Klinsmann will stick with the remaining 21 players in camp for the excursion to Ireland instead of summoning any further alternatives to join the ranks. The team is expected to depart London on Sunday ahead of the encounter at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.