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2013 Gold Cup: USA - El Salvador Lineups and Open Thread

The United States are rolling, with eight straight wins in all competitions internationally. But today in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup, Rodolfo Zelaya, El Salvador and their legion of fans in Baltimore are looking for the upset.

Jeff Gross

Well, for the fourth straight game, Jurgen Klinsmann has once again changed up his lineup for the Gold Cup.

Part of this can be down to injuries and giving players enough rest between games and part of it is because of the depth of talent that the USA has available in the squad. Klinsmann has once again reverted back to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation for the quarterfinal match up vs. El Salvador.

USA Lineup (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Michael Parkhurst, Matt Belser, Clarence Goodson, DaMarcus Beasley [C]; Kyle Beckerman, Mix Diskerud; Jose Torres, Landon Donovan, Joe Corona; Chris Wondolowski.

El Salvador Lineup (4-4-2): D. Portillo; García, Turcios [C], Henríquez, Posadas; Menjívar, Cerén, Romero, Flores; Zelaya, Blanco

Seeing Rimando back in net for Sean Johnson really begs the question as to why he didn't start against Costa Rica. Johnson had his moments but there has been something lacking from the USA keepers so far in this tournament. The cohesion between the keeper and his backline hasn't been the best, but it has improved, which seems all the more reason to keep Rimando in and working with his defense. Adding Matt Belser straight into the lineup for Michael Orozco is not something I would not have done, given the performance of the Orozco-Goodson center back pairing against Costa Rica. But Klinsmann has said he want to win the tournament and this is certainly a best available lineup that he's mentioned before.

I am not surprised to see Beckerman in for Stuart Holden, who didn't fare as well going all ninety minutes vs. Costa Rica. His games coming off the bench have been solid however. This midfield easily gives Klinsmann options to change the formation later in the match, either by inserting Holden or Eddie Johnson and moving Donovan up front. Corona and Torres have made great strides in this tournament and are proving to be valuable players in the lineup and could be getting calls into the squad for the remaining qualifiers.

The scoring tear that Wondo was on was ended against Costa Rica, but that didn't mean he still wasn't active in the lineup. His dangerous runs into the box will surely cause trouble for the Salvadorean defense.

El Salvador is looking for their first ever semifinal berth in the Gold Cup, and with a strong crowd behind them and Rodolfo Zelaya looking to add more goals to his already impressive campaign, El Salvador has the upset on their mind.

Kickoff is at 4PM on FOX, not FoxSoccer, so feel free to discuss the lineups and the game action below in the game thread.

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