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Gomez leaves USA camp to rehabilitate injured knee

The forward had not played in any of the past three USA games with an injury, and he will aim to get back to 100 percent in Los Angeles.

Herculez Gomez was released from U.S. national team camp Monday ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match against Panama because of a lingering knee injury, U.S. Soccer announced during a pre-match press conference in Seattle.

Gomez sat out the USA's most recent games against Belgium, Germany and Jamaica with the injury but had participated in some training on Sunday. He will travel to the Los Angeles area to rehabilitate his injury at Athlete's Performance, leaving Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Terrence Boyd as the lone recognized forwards on the current 23-man roster.

Gomez is the second player to be released from camp after Hoffenheim central midfielder Danny Williams was let go to train and get back to full fitness, according to a U.S. Soccer release. Williams had been injured and did not play down the stretch of Hoffenheim's season, last appearing with the club's first team on March 30, and he had trained sparingly with the USA since coming into camp.

Stoke City winger Brek Shea, meanwhile, is still a possibility to get recalled after leaving the team to rehabilitate a calf injury in Dallas on May 27. He is slated to be evaluated later this week before his status for the June 18 qualifier against Honduras in Utah is determined.

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