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Mix Diskerud named to U.S. Gold Cup roster, likely to miss four MLS games in July

The Americans will face Guatemala for a final tuneup on July 3rd, with their first Group Stage match coming four days later.

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Jurgen Klinsmann always gets his man.

And why wouldn't he want this one?

Once again, New York City midfielder Mix Diskerud has been recalled for international service for the Stars'n'Stripes. This time, it's for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which the Americans will face off against the rest of North America and the Caribbean for a shot at an automatic bid to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

If the Americans fall short this year, the Confederations Cup bid would come down to a playoff between the U.S. (Gold Cup champs in 2013) and this year's winner.

Over the course of his summer service, Diskerud stands to miss up to four MLS games:

  • An away tilt against Vancouver (July 4th)
  • A home date vs. Toronto (July 12th)
  • The first away date at New England (July 18th)
  • A long-awaited rematch vs. Orlando City at home (July 26th)
In order to make it back in time for the New England game, Mix and the Americans would have to be eliminated in the Group Stage, which would be inconceivable. If they lose in the quarterfinals -- also unlikely -- Mix would presumably be eligible for the Orlando City match.

Any deeper run by the U.S. means Mix misses all four MLS matches in July.

With Frank Lampard, Andoni Iraola, Jose "Angelino" Tasende, and -- probably -- Andrea Pirlo eligible beginning July 8th, Jason Kreis's Bronx Blues won't be lacking for reinforcements. Can they keep the momentum going without the Mix Master?


GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (L.A. Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)