Sounders forward Clint Dempsey won’t play for the United States in Tuesday’s exhibition against Costa Rica. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made roster changes after a CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico. The Sounders play at Houston on Sunday.
Dempsey won’t play Tuesday
Sounders forward Clint Dempsey and U.S. captain Michael Bradley won’t play for the United States in Tuesday’s exhibition against Costa Rica in Harrison, N.J.
The Sounders have a Major League Soccer match Sunday at Houston. Sounders defender Brad Evans remains on the U.S. roster for the Costa Rica match.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made roster changes after a 3-2 loss in extra time to Mexico in a CONCACAF Cup match before 93,723 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Klinsmann dropped eight players from the U.S. roster, including five who played 120 minutes Saturday night: Dempsey, Bradley, defenders Matt Besler and DeMarcus Beasley and midfielder Kyle Beckerman. Others released were goalkeeper Nick Rimando, midfielder Graham Zusi and forward Chris Wondolowski.
Meanwhile, Klinsmann added goalkeeper Bill Hamid; midfielders Mix Diskerud, Lee Nguyen and Brek Shea; and forward Andrew Wooten to the roster for Tuesday.
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The loss to Mexico was perhaps the lowest point for the U.S. team in a stretch that includes a semifinal loss in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and some head-scratching results in exhibition matches.
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said Klinsmann’s job is safe.
“Everybody can express his opinion, and not everybody likes you,” said Klinsmann, who shapes every aspect of the U.S. team as the program’s technical director. “That is totally fine. I’m not here to be liked.
“I’m trying to do a good job. I’m privileged to have that role and represent the U.S. soccer program.”
Djokovic defeats Nadal
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-2, 6-2 in Beijing to win his sixth China Open title.
Nadal leads their series 23-22 but hasn’t beaten Djokovic since the French Open final last year.
In the women’s final, Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-5, 6-4.
• Kenyans Dickson Chumba and Florence Kiplagat each pulled away late to sweep Chicago Marathon titles.
Chumba ran 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 25 seconds.
Kiplagat won the women’s race in 2:23:33. Sarah Crouch, a former Western Washington University standout, was 12th in 2:32:51. Crouch was seventh in last year’s Chicago Marathon.
• The United States lost to Japan 28-18 in Pool B of the Rugby World Cup in Gloucester, England. The Americans finished 0-4 in World Cup play. Japan went 3-1.
• Point guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers fractured his left index finger in practice Saturday and didn’t play in Sunday’s 106-94 NBA exhibition loss to the Charlotte Hornets in Shenzhen, China. According to a report on the team’s website, Paul’s injury is not considered serious.
• Houston guard James Harden scored 12 points before leaving in the second quarter with a bruised right knee and Orlando posted a 123-119 NBA exhibition victory in Hidalgo, Texas. There were no details on the severity of the injury.