Altidore Among 3 Changes To U.S. Gold Cup Roster

Beasley crossAs the U.S. Men’s National Team heads to the knockout stage of the 2015 Gold Cup, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made three roster changes.

DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona and Alan Gordon have all been added to the U.S. team and will report to Baltimore in advance of the U.S. Quarterfinal matchup on Saturday (5 p.m. ET on FOX, Univision). Beasley comes in for Greg Garza, Corona for Alfredo Morales and Gordon for Jozy Altidore.

Gold Cup rules allow teams to make up to six roster changes in the 24 hours following completion of the group phase.

Beasley joins the group as the MNT’s most experienced player of the 23, having earned 121 caps for the United States. He has been a part of four U.S. World Cup teams, and last appeared for the USA in its run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Beasley also returns for his sixth Gold Cup (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013), having already been a part of four Gold Cup title winning teams, including as captain of the 2013 title winning team.

Gordon, a part of the team that won the Gold Cup in 2013, the LA Galaxy striker makes his 2015 debut for the National Team. Corona also played a big part in the MNT’s 2013 Gold Cup title run, scoring twice in the tournament.

Altidore has been slowed by a hamstring injury and did not play in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Panama.

“We believe that Jozy’s just not there yet,” Klinsmann said it a statement. “Jozy never really got into this tournament and never really picked up the rhythm.”

“For Jozy it’s just simply going back to Toronto, picking up his rhythm, getting in shape, working on his fitness and then he will start scoring goals again,” the head coach said. “That’s why Alan Gordon was on the standby roster from the beginning and that’s why we brought him in.”