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Four starters depart after Jamaica game
October 12th, 2013 9:48PM

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[USA MEN] Four players who started in Friday's 2-0 win over Jamaica won't be going on to Panama City for Tuesday's Hexagonal finale against Panama. Tim Howard and Matt Besler were released to allow Brad Guzan and Clarence Goodson to get starts on Tuesday, while Landon Donovan and Jermaine Jones were released due to injury concerns.

"Landon is still struggling with the ankle injury from a couple weeks ago, so he will go back to Los Angeles and try to get back to 100 percent," said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a statement. "Jermaine's case is more of a concern. His knee was bothering him all night but he battled through. It's clear that the issue with his knee is something that should be taken care of right away so he can be 100 percent for Schalke and the national team as soon as possible."

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson replaces Howard on the roster and will serve as a backup. He was the only player called up for the trip to Panama.

"Brad Guzan has earned the opportunity to start against Panama," Klinsmann said. "He has been outstanding for Aston Villa all year, and he has been huge in the games he has played for us in World Cup Qualifying. As I said before, we have one of the best situations in the world when it comes to our goalkeepers."

Klinsmann said he wanted to get Goodson a start, explaining his decision to release Besler.

The USA clinched the Hexagonal title with a 2-0 win over Jamaica Friday. Panama must defeat the USA and hope Costa Rica beats Mexico to overtake El Tri for fourth place and a berth in the intercontinental playoffs against New Zealand in November.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).


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