Just back from US national team practice at FIU. Half the team was on the field under the sweltering sun, the other half worked out in the gym. Among those missing was Landon Donovan, who was having his injured left knee examined by Miami-based team doctor, Dr. Dan Kalbac. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he doesn't think it's serious and fitness-wise feels Donovan could go "two 90 minutes'' against Antigua and Guatemala in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Michael Bradley was back on the field after missing the past two games with injuries. Klinsmann said he is happy to have "team leaders'' Donovan and Bradley back because they help everyone around them.
One of the happiest players in camp was forward Eddie Johnson, who has resurrected his career with the Seattle Sounders after struggles in Europe. He hadn't been with the national team since before the 2010 World Cup, and is thrilled to get a second chance.
With Jozy Altidore left off the roster for the first time in 17 World Cup qualifiers, Johnson will get a chance to prove himself.
The U.S. team will have a closed training session in Miami on Wednesday and fly to Antigua on Thursday. The game is Friday at 7 p.m.
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