Bedoya, Wood, Jones set to miss USMNT semifinals match

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER.

by JACK HAZZARD

Although the United States were able to pull off another valiant win with ten men, they will be missing starters Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood, and Alejandro Bedoya in their semifinals knockout match against either Argentina or Venezuela due disciplinary issues.

In the United States‘ 2-1 win against Ecuador, Colorado Rapids midfielder Jermaine Jones received a red card in the 52′ minute because of a mild punch to the face of an Ecuador player. The incident occurred after a dirty tackle from Antonio Valencia on Alejandro Bedoya, earning the Ecuadorian a second yellow card. Upon the sending off, Jones continued to argue with opposing players, eventually using his fist to push the chin of Valencia, forcing the referee to issue a straight red card.

That, of course, was just the beginning of the USMNT’s disciplinary problems. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and forward Bobby Wood will miss the next match due to yellow card accumulation. Following Jones’ dismissal,  a heated Bobby Wood went on to lose his composure and committed an unnecessary foul in the 53′ minute, only one minute after Jones’ red card.

FC Nantes midfielder Alejandro Bedoya earned his yellow card in the 73′ minute. The 29-year-old played a terrific game, but towards the end of the match, it was noticeable that the American midfielder was exhausted. Bedoya went on to pull off a silly tackle, ensuring he would miss the next match.

The good news is that right back DeAndre Yedlin will return for the semifinals match against either Argentina or Venezuela. Still, the loss of three starters will force Jurgen Klinsmann to rethink his starting lineup, which remained unchanged in the U.S’s first three matches.