With the end-of-group play, those who advanced to the 2013 Gold Cup quarterfinals were allowed to make four roster changes. The US Men’s National Team was the only one to make the allowed changes. These four changes show how much depth the USMNT has available.
The roster changes weren’t planned to be announced until Thursday, but Grant Wahl dropped the USMNT changes via twitter.
US Gold Cup player changes: OUT-Ashe, Gómez, McInerney, Onyewu. IN-González, Gordon, E. Johnson, Besler.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 18, 2013
These changes are not that surprising. The United States only faced one true test against Costa Rica in group-play, and Jurgen Klinsmann originally called up a roster mixed with youth and veterans. For example, Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInenrey saw his first US Men’s National senior team call-up. He impressed many of his USMNT teammates, and will now return to Philadelphia. In fact, they face a tough Portland Timbers side on Saturday and he will be available.
All of Klinsmann’s replacement choices heading into their quarterfinals match against El Salvador will provide some good depth and experience. If the United States advances against El Salvador and go deep into the Gold Cup, they will need this depth and experience.
Eddie Johnson should be a dangerous option up-front alongside Chris Wondoloski. Landon Donovan and the rest of the midfield should have no problem finding more than one effective option crashing towards the net. Previous to these roster moves, the United States were looking good, but now look even better with these changes.
US Soccer has confirmed what Grant Wahl first reported on twitter. US Men’s National Team’s strong and dangerous roster looks even more scary with these four changes. Watch out El Salvador and the rest of the CONCACAF teams left in the 2013 Gold Cup — USMNT is coming strongly at you.