San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham as been added to the United States National Team squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, including a crucial meeting with Honduras at Avaya Stadium on March 24.
He replaces Middlesborough goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who dropped out of the twenty-four-man squad for personal reasons, and will play alongside fellow goalkeepers Tim Howard and Nick Rimando.
“The last few days have been a whirlwind but I’m looking forward to helping the team in the upcoming qualifiers,” said Bingham. “We all know how important these matches are and to be able to represent your country in front of friends and family will be an exciting opportunity.”
The United States will also travel to Panama City to take on Panama four days after facing Honduras, offering Bingham an opportunity to earn his fourth international cap. The twenty-seven-year-old won his USMNT debut in a 1-0 victory over Canada early last year, having quickly established himself as one of Major League Soccer’s best goalkeepers after earning the Quakes No.1 job at the beginning of the 2015 season. He has played seventy consecutive league games since then, maintaining a 1.15 goals-against average that ranks fifth best in MLS history of goalkeepers with as many starts.
The United States opened the final CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifying group, known as the Hexagonal, with humiliating defeats to Mexico and Panama, which led to the sacking of coach Jürgen Klopp. Four months later, the USMNT desperately need to get points on the board in Bruce Arena’s first qualifying matches as head coach.
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