U.S. national soccer team captain Claudio Reyna will miss next month's World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Panama. He also will skip the May 28 friendly match against England in Chicago.
The midfielder, who has made more than 100 appearances for the United States, told coach Bruce Arena he needs the time off to regain fitness. The 31-year-old Reyna missed much of the English Premier League season with Manchester City because of a leg injury. Reyna says he loves playing for his country, but needs to bypass a few games.
Midfielder Eddie Lewis, who plays for England's Preston North End, also will miss the upcoming matches following surgery for appendicitis. The status of midfielder DaMarcus Beasley is uncertain after he injured his knee in a Dutch league match for PSV Eindhoven.
The U.S. team will host Costa Rica in Salt Lake City on June 4 and will play Panama on the road four days later. The Americans are second of the six teams in the final round of regional qualifying, one point behind rival Mexico after three games. The top three teams qualify for next year's World Cup in Germany.