Kljestan leaves U.S. camp early for birth of his son

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls started the U.S. Men’s National Team training camp with three players, but end it this Friday with just one.

USMNT boss Bruce Arena revealed that Sacha Kljestan would be joining Jermaine Jones as two departing players for the National Team camp.

Kljestan, who started against Serbia in the USMNT’s 0-0 draw in San Diego until being subbed off for Benny Feilhaber in the 77 minute, will not be re-joining the Red Bulls in their Arizona camp. Instead, he will be flying out to be with his wife as the two are expecting a child in the coming days.

With Kljestan’s departure and the trade of Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire, the Red Bulls are now represented by Luis Robles. Robles sat on the bench against Serbia as Nick Rimando took on starting duties for the team. Robles, however, will be in contention for a start this Friday as the U.S. take on Jamaica.