Goodson starts for US against France

Clarence Goodson was given a start at central defender in place

of Oguchi Onyewu for the United States’ exhibition game at France

on Friday night.

The rest of the American lineup was unchanged from last month’s

1-0 loss to Ecuador, with Tim Howard in goal; Steve Cherundolo at

right back; captain Carlos Bocanegra at central defense; Timmy

Chandler at left back; Kyle Beckerman, Brek Shea, Maurice Edu and

Danny Williams in midfield; and Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore at


Midfielder Fabian Johnson was on the bench and could make his

U.S. debut. Also on the bench were goalkeeper Bill Hamid; defender

Michael Orozco Fiscal; midfielders Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones

and DaMarcus Beasley; and forward Edson Buddle.

Onyewu, who has a slight groin strain he sustained before

arriving to national team camp, didn’t dress along with defender

Alfredo Morales and midfielder Robbie Rogers.

The U.S. entered 1-3-1 under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann. This

was the first meeting between the nations since 1979.

France, with 15-match unbeaten streak, kept just four starters

from a 1-1 tie against Bosnia in its final European Championship

qualifier last month: goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, center back Adil Rami

and midfielders Yann M’Vila and Jeremy Menez.

Also starting were right back Mathieu Debuchy; central defender

Laurent Koscielny; left back Jeremy Mathieu; midfielders Alou

Diarra and Franck Ribery; and forwards Karim Benzema and Kevin


They replaced Anthony Reveillere, Eric Abidal, Patrice Evra,

Yohan Cabaye, Samir Nasri, Florent Malouda and Loic Remy.