With his back to the wall heading into the final two World Cup qualifiers, U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena took some gambles with the players he called up Sunday.
And one of those rolls of the dice has already come up snake eyes with the Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes being scratched from the roster before it was even released after straining his groin in the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.
The U.S. team is scheduled to begin training in Orlando, Fla., on Monday. Zardes will not be replaced on the roster, leaving the U.S. with 25 players.
Zardes’ inclusion on the preliminary U.S. roster was surprising since he had been passed over for the U.S.’s...