United States midfielder Landon Donovan (10) celebrates a 2-0 win over Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO (AP) - Midfielders Landon Donovan and Jermaine Jones have been dropped from the U.S. roster for Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier at Panama because of injuries, and goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Matt Besler were allowed to return to their clubs.
The U.S. clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month and beat Jamaica 2-0 Friday night to clinch first place in North and Central America and the Caribbean for the third straight cycle.
The Americans announced the roster moves Saturday, saying Donovan was bothered by the ankle he sprained in mid-September while playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Jones by the knee injury that has cost him playing time with Schalke.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Brad Guzan will start in goal at Panama and Goodson in defense. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson was added to the roster as a backup in addition to Nick Rimando.
The Associated Press