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Julian Green dropped from US roster with rib injury and will return to Hamburg

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EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut — Midfielder Julian Green will miss the United States' exhibition games against Ecuador and Honduras because of a rib injury.

The 19-year-old trained with the Americans in Boston on Tuesday and Wednesday, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann decided Green should return to Hamburg to recover from the injury, sustained Sept. 20 against Bayern Munich.

"He's maybe at 80 percent," Klinsmann said Thursday. "Now to bring him into this game tomorrow night at 80 percent, that's not what we do."

Green scored against Belgium in the World Cup, then was loaned from Bayern Munich to Hamburg for the 2014-15 season.

"It makes more sense fly back, pick up the training right away and break into that team," Klinsmann said, "because that's the most urgent thing for him, is to break into the starting lineup of Hamburg."

PHOTO: United States soccer head coach Jurgen Klinsmann waits as he is introduced during a press conference in East Hartford, Conn. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The U.S. will host Ecuador in a friendly soccer match on Friday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
United States soccer head coach Jurgen Klinsmann waits as he is introduced during a press conference in East Hartford, Conn. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The U.S. will host Ecuador in a friendly soccer match on Friday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The U.S. plays Ecuador on Friday night at East Hartford, Connecticut, in the international farewell match for Landon Donovan, the country's career scoring leader. The Americans face Honduras on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Florida.

The revised roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake)

Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Greg Garza (Tijuana, Mexico), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Michael Orozco (Puebla, Mexico), Tim Ream (Bolton, England), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle)

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana, Mexico), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norway), Luis Gil (Salt Lake), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt, Germany)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich, Germany)

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