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Jonathan Klinsmann exits U.S. U-23 National Team camp after concussion

Galaxy GK will return to club training camp.

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U.S. Soccer announced Monday that goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has been diagnosed with a concussion in the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team’s training camp in Mexico and has returned back to the LA Galaxy.

Klinsmann has been replaced by Inter Miami GK Drake Callender. What this means for Klinsmann’s prospects of making the final U.S. U-23 roster for Concacaf Olympic qualifying, which begins in 10 days, is uncertain, although it’s probably not helpful.

Still, head coach Jason Kreis will call up three goalkeepers for his roster for the qualifying tournament, so there’s a chance Klinsmann could be recalled if he is recovered from his head injury.

If not, he’ll recuperate back at home and then gear up for the start of the 2021 MLS regular season with the Galaxy. Heading into preseason, it appeared Klinsmann would be in competition with newcomer Jonathan Bond for the No. 1 slot under new head coach Greg Vanney, but with Klinsmann away on international duty, it’s unclear if Bond has taken the lead in that race. It’s worth noting there’s still several weeks before the start of the season, on Apr. 17.

A second Galaxy player, defender Julian Araujo, remains in the U.S. U-23 training camp.

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