Veteran defender Frankie Hejduk was added to the United States training camp roster on Wednesday for two last qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
The decision came one day after the Americans announced veteran midfielder Clint Dempsey would not play Saturday against Honduras and was questionable for next week's home match against Costa Rica. Hejduk will start US team workouts on Wednesday.
Hejduk, 35, has seven goals in 84 caps, the second-most appearances of any US player on the Honduras match roster. Columbus Crew captain Hejduk has played 17 times for US teams in FIFA World Cup qualifying, including scoring the equaliser in a 2-2 March draw at El Salvador.
A shoulder sprain will sideline Dempsey, who ranks second in US 2010 qualifying scoring charts with five goals.
The Americans face Honduras on Saturday at San Pedro Sula, where the hosts are 8-0 in South Africa 2010 qualifying, and face Costa Rica on 14 October Washington DC. A victory in either match would ensure a Americans a place at the world finals.