Jurgen Klinsmann is searching for a few good men. Nearly two dozen of them, actually.
When the World Cup rolls around in Brazil next year, he hopes to have 22 interchangeable parts on the U.S. national team.
In a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday night that gave the Americans their group title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Klinsmann's willingness to reserve judgment - as well as his seemingly inexhaustible faith in most of his players - paid off again.
Brek Shea, who didn't expect to get off the bench after he struggled in an earlier Gold Cup appearance, scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute. Seconds before that, fourth-string goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a brilliant save off a corner kick and Joe Corona cleared the ball, setting up the winning sequence.
Three youngsters and the wily veteran Donovan stepped up at the perfect time.
''It's good giving them a taste of these kind of battles,'' Klinsmann said of using multiple lineups...