Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has been named to Jurgen Klinsmann's 26-man roster as World Cup Qualifying resumes. The United States will travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on September 2nd, then host Trinidad and Tobago four days later to round out the group stage of CONCACAF qualifying.
As a result of his international duty, Bedoya will miss the Philadelphia Union's road game against the Chicago Fire on September 3rd. He should return to the club by the 10th, when the Union host the Montreal Impact, but whether he'll play on short rest is up in the air.
Bedoya has made 53 appearances for the U.S. Men's National Team, recently starting in five of the US's six Copa América Centenario matches back in June. The 29-year-old will likely start in both upcoming games, joining Michael Bradley and another player (maybe Jermaine Jones, health permitting) in Klinsmann's three-man central midfield.
The USMNT will qualify for the Hex if they can defeat St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago manage to beat Guatemala. The US can finish first in the group if they win both of their remaining matches and surpass Trinidad & Tobago in goal differential, which is plausible considering that St. Vincent and the Grenadines have allowed 19 goals through four games. A win for Guatemala against Trinidad & Tobago makes things a little tricky, essentially requiring the US to defeat St. Vincent and the Grenadines and earn a result against T&T. Easy-peasy, right?