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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

June 23, 2010
NO GOOCH
Onyewu benched, Bornstein, Gomez start


Jonathan Bornstein started in place of Oguchi Onyewu vs. Algeria.
Jonathan Bornstein started in place of Oguchi Onyewu vs. Algeria.
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PRETORIA -- Defender Jonathan Bornstein and forward Herculez Gomez made their first World Cup starts for the United States in its vital Group C World Cup match against Algeria on Wednesday.

Bornstein, a left fullback, started in place of veteran central defender Oguchi Onyewu. Due to the move, team captain Carlos Bocanegra, who played the first two games at left back, moved into the center with Jay DeMerit.

Gomez, who will start in place of the suspended Robbie Findley, turned out to be a surprise selection because many observers thought he would be a second-half player. Gomez will be paired with former Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore, who missed Wednesday's practice with a stomach ailment.

The U.S. lineup:

Goalkeeper -- Tim Howard

Defenders -- Jonathan Gomez, Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit, Steve Cherundolo

Midfielders -- Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Clint Dempsey

Forwards -- Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez
   
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