An injury will keep Giovani dos Santos (pictured) out of Mexico's CONCACAF Cup encounter against the USA. (Photo: Mexsport)
CARSON, California – The LA Galaxy announced Monday that forward Giovani dos Santos has a muscle strain and will miss Mexico’s CONCACAF Cup match against the United States on October 10 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.
The 26-year-old suffered the injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Seattle Sounders.
Dos Santos, who was on the final 23-man roster announced by CONCACAF earlier Monday, has started in eight MLS regular season match for the Galaxy since joining the club from Villarreal this summer. He has recorded four goals and six assists for LA in all competitions, including the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Mexico has not named a replacement, but interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti will explore options.
"I do not want to mention names, because first we have to do things ethically,” he said in a press conference. “It would be disrespectful to the institutions to which I am asking the players."
In the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, Mexico defeated the United States 4-2, as dos Santos completed the scoreline with what is considered by many to be the greatest goal in the competition’s history.