The US men’s national team won the three group games at the Concacaf Gold Cup, but did not come out unscathed from the initial phase.
Center-back Walker Zimmerman was sidelined with a hamstring injury, which he sustained in the first half of Sunday’s win over Canada. He was replaced 15 minutes into the match by Donovan Pines.
Zimmerman captained the United States in the last two games of the group and was the most experienced defender of what is generally a young and inexperienced team. Miles Robinson, James Sands and Pines are the remaining central defenders of the team. The trio entered the Gold Cup with three combined appearances, all of which belonged to Robinson.
The US has up to 24 hours before the quarterfinal match to make any substitutions due to injury (players must be from the US preliminary roster) and before making anything official, manager Gregg Berhalter has called center back of the New England Revolution Henry Kessler and San Jose. Earthquake Forward Cade Cowell on the pitch to join the lineup (winger Paul Arriola has also dealt with an injury and is a candidate to be replaced). Neither player has a senior U.S. presence, although both took part in a U-23, senior team combined training camp in January.
The United States will face Jamaica in the quarter-finals after Reggae Boyz crashed in Costa Rica on Tuesday night in the group final to settle for second place. The USA-Jamaica winner will face El Salvador or host nation Qatar in the semifinals. Those quarter-final games take place in a doubleheader on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Canada-Costa Rica and Mexico-Honduras are the matches on the other side of the group, with those quarter-finals taking place the day before at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The final is scheduled for August 1 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
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