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.