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Arena Sends Out SOS For Gold Cup Knockout Stages

United States manager Bruce Arena has pushed the panic button and brought his stars back for the knockout stages of the 2017 Gold Cup.

The U.S. added Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, striker Jozy Altidore and midfielder Michael Bradley from Toronto FC, Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard.

All five took part in the most recent round of World Cup qualifying in June, and four of them, Bradley, Howard, Altidore and Dempsey, have more than 100 caps. They will all be available when the U.S. takes on El Salvador in the quarterfinals on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Also included is FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, who will be participating in his first official tournament since having his one-time switch from Mexico to the U.S. approved by FIFA.

Leaving the U.S. Gold Cup squad are Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, New England Revolution forward Kelyn Rowe, Seattle midfielder Cristian Roldan, and goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Sean Johnson.

Tournament rules allow teams to make up to six changes once the group stage is complete, as long as the added players come from a team’s 40-man preliminary roster.

“We have added some experienced players to the roster that can help us in the knockout round of the Gold Cup,” Arena said on Sunday. “The players leaving all made a good impression, and I’m optimistic for their future with the national team program.”

Some of the moves were planned in advance. Bedoya is expecting the birth of his second child to take place this week and thus was always expected to depart. U.S. Soccer indicated that the departures of Guzan and Johnson were also anticipated.

That said, the decision to send Roldan, Rowe and Dwyer back to their clubs is surprising. Rowe scored the Americans’ second goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Nicaragua. Dwyer scored the lone goal against Panama, while also being involved in the buildup for two of the three goals scored on Saturday. Roldan played the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Martinique.

But Arena has essentially added five starters, which resulted in some parts of the field being overloaded. That included the center of midfield, thanks to the addition of Bradley, so Roldan misses out. Nagbe’s addition would have meant reduced minutes for Rowe, so the decision was made to send Rowe back to his club side.

The fact that Arena chose to add two forwards, combined with the versatility of Agudelo and Jordan Morris, meant that Dwyer will return to Sporting KC.

USA Gold Cup 2017 Schedule
Wed, July 19 in Philadelphia: QF#1: USA vs. El Salvador and Costa Rica v Panama – Buy Tickets

Sat, July 22 in Dallas: USA/El Salvador winner vs Costa Rica/Panama winner – Buy Tickets

Gold Cup Final
Wed, July 26 in Santa Clara : SF #1 vs. SF #2 – Buy Tickets

USA World Cup Hexagonal Schedule:
Sept. 1, 2017: USA vs. Costa Rica
Sept. 5, 2017: Honduras vs. USA
Oct. 6, 2017: USA vs. Panama
Oct. 10, 2017: Trinidad and Tobago vs. USA

{ 27 comments… add one }
  • Flavio February 9, 2017, 9:06 am

    The US Soccer federation is a joke. Choosing a 19,000 capacity stadium for a world cup qualifier? SMH tickets for the Honduras match are the same price as a world cup group stage match. Nice strategy guys! #Hondurasalmundial

  • Norman February 6, 2017, 1:28 pm

    Ticket de usa vs honduras en san jose california cuanto vale los ticket gracias

  • Priscilla A Vallecillo February 3, 2017, 12:52 am

    Does anybody know when honduras n usa ticket go on sale for the march 24th game?? N anyone with a season pass holder how does it work? Do u get to buy as many tickets u want for that current game u want to go or just that 1 ticket you get and cant buy more??

  • Herson Rodriguez January 31, 2017, 12:38 pm

    Where can I buy Tickets for Usa vs Honduras on sanjose California stadium march 24

  • Kevon Robinson June 23, 2016, 8:34 am

    Argentina with Messi is one of the leading teams in Copa America… Enjoying this tournament very well this season!!!

  • Raymond L. February 18, 2015, 5:07 am

    It’s definitely worth paying to see how the Stars and Stripes do against a powerhouse team like Mexico’s. Nevertheless, I’m hoping that both sides won’t treat this like any other friendly.

  • Raymond L. February 10, 2015, 2:22 am

    While the Stars and Stripes are notorious for letting their guards down in the second half after going all out in the first, this match against Panama didn’t follow that same trend. And because the squad maintained their focus throughout the 90 minutes, they came away with the win—certainly a breathe of fresh air after that disappointing loss to Chile a week ago.

    • David February 10, 2015, 8:31 am

      Totally agree although I put part of the Chile defeat down to the fact that the players had not played since November and are not fully fit yet.

  • Rishab February 10, 2015, 1:20 am

    Congrats USA !!

  • Jose L Rodriguez August 10, 2011, 9:50 am

    I have 2 tickets ofr tonight game at the Lincoln financial field between Mexico and USA for sale.
    Section 128, row # 2 seat # 1 and # 2. Asking $ 70.00 each. I can send them by email

    You acn cal me at 609-802-7126 if interested

    Let me knoe if you are interested

  • K. Everett June 3, 2011, 7:45 pm

    I have two tickets to the USA v. Spain game for Saturday June 4th. The tickets are for the Club section, section 34, row19, seats 19 and20. The tickets values are 495.00 each and a five dollar handling fee. This is face value for the tickets. Club seating gives you great seats, waitstaff, extra wide leather seating, all indoors, on a hot day nothing like a cold beer in controlled air! Tickets available until game time! Game time is four thirty.

  • Jake garrison April 19, 2011, 9:51 pm

    It would be awesome to see US take on Spain in Massachusetts

  • Milly Concha April 5, 2011, 10:01 am

    Please let me know when tickets go for sale.Thank you very much!

    • David Wilson April 6, 2011, 9:17 am

      Expect them to go on sale sometime in April, but waiting to get the official date from US Soccer

  • Richard Marnoch December 6, 2009, 11:42 am

    Can anyone tell me the schedule and venues for the Mexico national teams warm up games in the US in 2010.

    • David Wilson December 6, 2009, 8:09 pm

      Mexico’ s schedule has not yet been released. When it is released we will let you know

  • mario February 13, 2009, 8:35 pm

    Hi congrats to the US team they play great against Mexico i hope the US keeps on the supremacy against Mexico for years to came, but I’m from Honduras and i hope that we do a lot more than Mexico to take a least one point home, but if not i would just like to see national team for the first time here in Chicago.

  • Dave February 12, 2009, 8:42 am

    When will the venue for USA vs Honduras be decided and announced and when will tickets go on sale? What a win vs Mexico! It was great to see so many foreign based players! Our defense looked a bit suspect however. Hopefully that will improve with time, otherwise things will be same-ole-same-ole come cup time!

    • David Wilson February 12, 2009, 9:43 am

      Hi Dave. The U.S. will play Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago. I would expect tickets to go on sale in early May.

      • Debby March 13, 2013, 9:23 am

        Just announced – The US will play Honduras June 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah

  • andy January 22, 2009, 1:45 pm

    can someone please tell me when are they going to post the venue for the games between usa and trinidad april 1st,and when the tickets go on sale.

    • David Wilson January 22, 2009, 3:53 pm

      Andy, I would expect that announcement sometime late next month

  • don January 16, 2009, 1:01 pm


    i have tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • David Wilson January 16, 2009, 2:13 pm

      Congrats on getting the tickets Don. Hopefully it will be a good game

  • lonnie January 10, 2009, 5:19 pm

    I also need to know when the US vs MEXICO tickets will be on sale. I need 15 tickets. Please can someone let me know as soon as they find out. I have gone under every aval. site.

    • David Wilson January 11, 2009, 4:47 am

      Unless you are a Crew ticket holder or belong to something like Sam’s army Lonnie, it looks like a ticket reseller like StubHub is your only choice for tickets to the game

  • Alejandra Gutierrez January 1, 2009, 2:07 am


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