Jozy Altidore and DaMarcus Beasley for the USMNT
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USMNT: Changes incoming for Panama trip? Jurgen Klinsmann says new faces on the way

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Change is coming to the United States roster ahead of Tuesday’s Hexagonal finale in Panama City.

Following a 2-0 victory against Jamaica on Friday night in Kansas City, US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he expects to announce a few squad tweaks on Saturday ahead of the team’s trip to Central America.

“We’re going to discuss that tonight. Obviously we have Clarence [Goodson] being here, Brad Davis and so there will a couple of changes,” Klinsmann said. “Not many, but a few changes we’re going to make. We need to check with our medical department and see what’s the case with [DaMarcus Beasley] or maybe another one has a knock. We’ll discuss that and let you know by tomorrow.”

Beasley’s status for the match is “questionable” after he was forced off in the 66th minute with a lingering left hamstring issue. Klinsmann said the substitution was precautionary after the player signaled to the bench to prompt the switch.

Edgar Castillo entered for the US’ first-choice left back, and assisted on Jozy Altidore’s insurance goal. Beasley didn’t appear to be favoring the leg following the match and said he simply wanted to avoid a long-term issue.

“I’ve had it for awhile now, in Puebla as well. It’s just bothering me a little bit,” Beasley said. “Obviously I don’t want to pull it or make it any worse. I’m a little bit older now, so I don’t run until the wheels fall off. I’m just trying to preserve it a little bit and hopefully I get a chance to play in Panama.”


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