July 18, 2013
FOUR IN, FOUR OUT
USA adds Besler, Gonzalez, Johnson, Gordon to its Gold Cup roster
The United States might be the only unbeaten and untied entering the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but the Americans certainly are not resting on their laurels.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Thursday made four changes to his 23-man roster as the Americans prepare to take on El Salvador in Baltimore on Sunday.
Central defenders Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez and forwards Alan Gordon and Eddie Johnson were added to the U.S. roster on Thursday. They replaced defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Corey Ashe and strikers Herculez Gomez and Jack McInerney.
Onyewu suffered a sprained ankle sprain in the U.S.'s 4-1 victory over Belize on July 13, while Ashe, a member of the Major League Soccer all-star, will return to his club, the Houston Dynamo. Gomez has not been able to play at full throttle as he still feels the effects of a knee issue and will return to his Mexican team, Club Tijuana to prepare for the MX Liga season. McInerney, 20, who is fourth among Major League Soccer goal-scorers (10 goals), participated in is first U.S. National Team camp, but did not see any action in the opening three games.
By bringing in Gonzalez and Besler, the U.S. only got stronger on its backline because they have partner together on the last four World Cup qualifiers (3-0-1), which includes three consecutive wins.
Johnson is in second place on the U.S.ís all-time scoring list in qualifying with 11 goals.
The United States recorded a 3-0-0 mark en route to winning Group C, defeating Belize, 6-1, Cuba, 4-1, and Costa Rica, 1-0.
The Americans, who extended their winning streak to eight games, the longest in their history, take on El Salvador in the quarterfinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. on Saturday.
The revised U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Nick Rimando.
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley, Tony Beltran, Matt Besler, Edgar Castillo, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst.
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Stuart Holden, Brek Shea, Jose Torres.
FORWARDS (5): Will Bruin, Landon Donovan, Alan Gordon, Eddie Johnson, Chris Wondolowski.