Fabian Johnson and Castillo to miss US qualifier

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Associated Press

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 9:05 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Defenders Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo will miss the United States' World Cup qualifier at Antigua and Barbuda on Friday, the latest in a string of injuries and illnesses that have weakened the American roster.

Johnson is recovering from the flu and plans to join the team ahead of Tuesday's game against Guatemala at Kansas City, Kan., the finale match of the semifinal round in the North and Central American region.

Castillo has a foot injury and will miss both matches, the U.S. Soccer Federation said after he had an MRI Wednesday.

The U.S. roster is down to 20 players. Midfielders Landon Donovan (left knee) and Brek Shea (abdominal injury) withdrew a day earlier.

Seeking their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the Americans figure to need four points to finish in the top two of their group and advance to next year's regional finals.

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