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For Jurgen Klinsmann, Accountability is the Key Word at Gold Cup

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The USMNT wrapped up their group play with a 1-1 draw against Panama that put Panama squarely on the brink of elimination from Gold Cup 2015 as the US already had won the group prior to their third match-day.

Klinsmann used the game to take one last look at Jozy Altidore and decided that enough was enough with the enigmatic striker.

Describing him as “[N]ot in the shape right now to help us”, Klinsmann returned Altidore to Toronto FC.   Altidore was replaced on the roster with MLS veteran Alan Gordon who has earned just 1 cap for the USMNT since making the roster in 2012 – Gordan was a part of the 2013 US squad that won Gold Cup 2013.

Tactically speaking, this should mean an increased role for Chris Wondolowski and possibly a role for Clint Dempsey as a pure striker.  The latter could see the former captain scoring at an even better clip than he has of late – 3 goals in 3 matches this Gold Cup.

Another issue for the USA has been its backline.  Rather than stick with the unit, Klinsmann opted to bring back veteran Demarcus Beasley who should provide a stabilizing influence to the young back line.

Joe Corona was added to the roster as well.  Corona is a midfielder who has shown the propensity for the big goal and big goals are what this juncture of the tourney is all about as the US looks to progress through the knockout stage.

To make room for Corona and Beasley, Greg Garza and Alfredo Morales were dropped.

 

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