US shakes up lineup as expected for Gold Cup 3rd-place game
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) The United States is shaking up its lineup, as expected, for the CONCACAF Gold Cup third-place game.
Defenders Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez and Tim Ream, midfielders Graham Zusi and Joe Corona, and forward Chris Wondolowski are new starters Saturday in the 4-4-2 formation against Panama.
Chandler replaces Brad Evans at right back from Wednesday’s semifinal loss to Jamaica. Gonzalez takes over for Ventura Alvarado at center back, with Fabian Johnson moving to midfield and Ream taking his spot at left back.
Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Gyasi Zardes and Clint Dempsey are also out from Wednesday’s 4-2-3-1.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann plans to use DaMarcus Beasley in the second half of what could be the veteran defender’s last game with the national team.
Luis Mejia is in goal for Panama with Jaime Penedo suspended. Luis Tejada is also suspended, and Blas Perez is injured.