HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Fabian Johnson was told to return to Germany by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was displeased the defender took himself out of last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Mexico in the 111th minute.
Seventh minutes after Johnson was replaced by Brad Evans, Paul Aguilar scored the go-ahead goal for Mexico, which earned a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Speaking a day before the U.S. plays Costa Rica in an exhibition, Klinsmann said: “I had a very severe word with Fabian Johnson, and I sent him home today.”
“He can rethink his approach about his team,” Klinsmann said.
Johnson, the starting right back for the U.S., plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach.
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