Dempsey, Bedoya back with US for qualifiers vs Guatemala

Dempsey, Bedoya back with US for qualifiers vs Guatemala

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 9:47 p.m. ET

CHICAGO (AP) Clint Dempsey and Alejandro Bedoya are rejoining the U.S. national team for the first time since October for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.

Jozy Altidore, coming off a hamstring injury, and Fabian Johnson, who injured a groin Friday, also were among 26 players selected Sunday by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Toronto announced Altidore's injury Feb. 24, and after missing his team's first two Major League Soccer games, he could return at Kansas City on Sunday night. Johnson was hurt Friday playing for Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The Americans have a 21-game unbeaten streak against Guatemala. Only 23 players can dress for the games, but Klinsmann chose a larger group because it is the final time the team will gather before he picks his roster for the Copa America Centenario in June. Fifteen players from the 2014 World Cup roster were among those selected.