Posted March 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
Geoff Cameron was shifted to right back and DaMarcus Beasley was inserted at left back as the United States revamped its lineup for a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. Omar Gonzalez and Clarence Goodson started in central defense Friday night, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan got his first start since 2010. Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley were in the midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Graham Zusi, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez in front of them and Jozy Altidore up front. Dempsey captained the Americans in the absence of defender Carlos Bocanegra, dropped because of lack of playing time, and goalkeeper Tim Howard, recovering from two broken bones in his back. Dempsey's only previous time as captain was during the second half of an exhibition against Colombia in 2010. Beasley, a veteran of three World Cups, was making his 98th international appearance.

Americans beat Costa Rica 1-0 in snow storm

Clint Dempsey scored early in his first match as United States captain as the Americans beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday in a key qualifier for next year's World Cup played at times in heavy snow. Plows and shovels were used to clear snow from the penalty areas, center circle and midfield stripe and a yellow-and-purple ball was used. There was even a brief stoppage in the 55th...

United States 1, Costa Rica 0

On a snowy night more suitable to slaloms than soccer, Clint Dempsey scored early in his first start as the American captain and the United States beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday in a key qualifier for next year's World Cup. Plows and shovels were used to clear the penalty areas, center circle and midfield stripe as snow got heavier, and a yellow-and-purple ball was used. There...

Report: Costa Rica Will Protest Snowmageddon Defeat to United States in World Cup Qualifier (Video)

Soccer is usually played on grass or artificial turf, but on Friday the United States and Costa Rica battled it out on piles of snow, which created a fair amount of friction in the Costa Rica locker room. After a Clint Dempsey tuck-away goal, the U.S. soared over Costa Rica in the World Cup qualifier 1-0 at Dick Sporting Goods Park, which is right on the border of the Rocky Mountains...

Captain America

Clint Dempsey was named captain of the USMNT by Jurgen Klinsmann on Wednesday for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and MexicoThe post Captain America appeared first on The Soccer Daily.

Rapids-Galaxy Preview

Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is used to being short-handed, and now he'll have two more starters out this weekend. The Galaxy will be without Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez on Saturday night when they host the winless Colorado Rapids. Keane is with Ireland and Gonzalez with the United States on international duty, opening up two spots in Arena's lineup. He's...
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