Jul 17, 2013, 11:47 PM EST
Bruce Arena’s going to love this. With Robbie Keane potentially banged up and Landon Donovan already in U.S. Mens’ National Team camp, Omar Gonzalez — the third of the LA Galaxy’s big three — has been called up for the Gold Cup, one of four changes Jurgen Klinsmann made to his team on Wednesday for the competition’s knockout rounds.
Each of the eigth team teams that advanced past the Gold Cup’s group stage could call up new players to their squad, provided they were on the 35-player preliminary roster previously submitted to CONCACAF. Along with Matt Besler, Alan Gordon, and Eddie Johnson, Gonzalez will join a U.S. team set to face El Salvador in the quarterfinal round.
Corey Ashe, Herculez Gomez, Jack McInerney and Oguchi Onyewu were the four players dropped from the U.S. squad. Neither Ashe nor McInerney saw any action in the tournament, Gomez started against Cuba but failed to make an impact, while Onyewu’s performance in the same match played in big part in Cuba’s only goal.
The most notable part of the call-ins may have been a name that was omitted, with many expected Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi to get the call. Looking at the forwards brought in and considering how Landon Donovan’s performance as a supporting striker, it’s tempting to wonder if the LA Galaxy star will be playing wider in the next round. If that’s Klinsmann’s intention, omitting Zusi makes a more sense.
Fans will be disappointed that McInerney, whose popularity has soared after his hot start to the season, didn’t see a minute of action, but ever since he was omitted from the 18-man roster for the pre-tournament friendly against Guatemala, this move has been in the cards. When asked about McInerney’s lack of playing time, Klinsmann always alluded to the value of merely being in camp while declining to say the Union striker would see action in future. To the degree that he and Ashe (hampered by a thigh injury) impressed in training, it was never enough to get them off the bench.
On the MLS front, both LA and Kansas City will be hurt by the loss of their best defender, though each have enough depth to deal with the short-term setback. Alan Gordon had accumulated a yellow card suspension for San Jose, cushioning his loss, while Obafemi Martins’ return to health leaves him and Lamar Neagle to start up for Seattle top in Eddie Johnson’s absence. Conversely, both Ashe and McInerney will be valuable editions to teams looking to improve their place in the Eastern Conference.
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Dec 28, 2014, 1:44 PM EST
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Dec 28, 2014, 1:12 PM EST
Newcastle moved back above Everton and into 10th place on the table with 23 points. The Toffees are in 12th with 21.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:28 PM EST
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Dec 28, 2014, 12:19 PM EST
Mourinho claims Chelsea are being victimized for simulation, as Fabregas denied penalty kick.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:11 PM EST
They’re still bottom of the table, but not by much anymore.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:09 PM EST
The point Sunderland pulls four points clear of the drop zone, while Aston Villa is a point above the Black Cats.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:03 PM EST
City remains three points back of Chelsea, and now sit 7 points ahead of No. 3 Manchester United.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:59 AM EST
There was little for fans to latch onto at Loftus Road, and it appropriately ended goalless.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:59 AM EST
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Dec 28, 2014, 11:55 AM EST
One quality goal from the Stoke forward plus one lucky one meant West Brom slumped to yet another defeat.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:54 AM EST
The win moves Arsenal into fifth place with 33 points, while West Ham drops to sixth with 31.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:20 AM EST
With just a point taken from White Hart Lane, the Red Devils manager was hard on his team for not finishing.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:06 AM EST
10-man Saints hold on, frustrate Chelsea in lively top four clash.
Dec 28, 2014, 10:58 AM EST
The ball hammered off the underside of the crossbar before nearly bounding back up to meet it.
Dec 28, 2014, 10:54 AM EST
Meanwhile, Newcastle will again turn to 21-year-old keeper Jak Alnwick, with 17-year-old striker Adam Armstrong headed back to the bench for Papiss Cisse.
Dec 28, 2014, 9:38 AM EST
With Leicester on six straight losses, Nigel Pearson can’t afford another with the holidays in the rear view mirror and the Foxes five points alone at the bottom.
Dec 28, 2014, 9:32 AM EST
Villa Park looks to see if their home side can pick up three points against fellow strugglers Sunderland on Sunday morning.
Dec 28, 2014, 9:27 AM EST
Manchester City looks to keep up its fine play with a home win against improving Burnley on Sunday morning.
Dec 28, 2014, 9:23 AM EST
Bojan Krkic proven himself fit to start for Stoke City despite coming off against Everton with a slight back injury.
Dec 28, 2014, 9:20 AM EST
Arsenal’s second London derby in three days comes at the Boleyn Ground, as Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United play host to the Gunners on Sunday morning.
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