US men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made three changes to his Gold Cup roster, replacing Greg Garza, Jozy Altidore, and Alfredo Morales with DaMarcus Beasley, Alan Gordon, and Joe Corona.
Once the group stage is complete, teams are permitted to make up to six changes to their roster, per tournament regulations. The USMNT, who finished atop Group A with a record of 2-0-1, has opted to make three adjustments ahead of the knockout round.
Beasley joins the Gold Cup campaign with a wealth of experience, including 121 caps. The Houston Dynamo defender has taken part in four World Cups and six Gold Cups. In 2013, Beasley served as captain of the squad that lifted the Gold Cup trophy.
Corona was also a member of that championship-winning side. The Verecruz midfielder most recently played for the Stars and Stripes on Apr. 15 in a classic "dos-a-cero" result over Mexico. In sum, Corona has two tallies in 15 appearances.
Gordon has only made one appearance for the USMNT, but he certainly made the most of it. In 2012, the LA Galaxy striker made his debut as a substitute against Antigua & Barbuda. Gordon hit a picturesque cross that was nodded home by Eddie Johnson in the game’s final minute to secure three points for the US.
Altidore leaves having made two appearances in the Gold Cup while Garza, a late initial addition, and Morales each made one.
From a local perspective, he New England Revolution will be happy with Klinsmman's decision to omit Lee Nguyen and Juan Agudelo. Both players will remain with their club, who is looking to end their summer misfortunes.
The US will play their next game on Saturday, Jul. 18 in Baltimore against a yet-to-be-named opponent. The match will be broadcasted on FOX starting at 5 p.m. ET.