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Report: Clint Dempsey out, John Anthony Brooks in for U.S. friendly at Bosnia

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After making headlines for his transfer to Seattle Sounders FC this week, United States captain Clint Dempsey has been left off the squad for his country’s Aug. 14 friendly at Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl reported on Thursday.

Wahl also reported that Hertha Berlin center back John Anthony Brooks, a 20-year-old who is also eligible to play for Germany, reportedly turned down an offer to join the German under-21 team this week so he could play for the U.S.

As the match in Sarajevo is only a friendly, Brooks will not be cap-tied if he appears, but his decision does seem to indicate that he is leaning toward playing for the U.S. over Germany. First, he could start for Hertha against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in his club’s Bundesliga season opener.

Wahl wrote that Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans, Dempsey’s new teammates, would be on the roster. The full U.S. squad is expected to be announced Monday.

Another German-American dual citizen who will not be on it is Bayern Munich midfielder Julian Green. The 19-year-old accepted a call-up to the German U19 squad for a match against Hungary.

Aron Jóhannsson, who recently chose to represent the U.S. over his native Iceland, is another player in the mix. He is expected to be on the roster, as long as his paperwork for a one-time switch in national allegiance goes through in time. If not, he will likely travel to Sarajevo and train with the team but not play.

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FIFA ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina at No. 13 in its latest FIFA World Ranking, released on Thursday. The U.S. is at No. 19.

Bosnia-Herzegovina released its roster for the friendly earlier this week, and Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko headlines the group.

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