Clarence Goodson not available; who plays Tuesday?

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Jurgen Klinsmann’s choices along the back line Friday, by pretty much every assessment out there, were the only ones that fell in a favorable way.

So, just the doggone luck …

Today we discover that Clarence Goodson (pictured) will be ineligible due to yellow card accumulation. So the back line will change Tuesday at Crew Stadium – presumably along with changes in a midfield that flopped and an attacking arrangement that kicked butt for just under 40 seconds, but wasn’t much from there.

(I should clarify, the back line was going to change regardless, assuming Steve Cherundolo could return healthy.)

The big change Tuesday in Ohio will be at center back, where Goodson is not available to partner with Geoff Cameron. So let’s study the options:

Cameron will almost certainly hold his spot in the rear guard. He’s the rising man back there anyway, and the Stoke City newbie did his new team proud with that steady performance in Kingston. (Again, we must always tip to Klinsmann’s unpredictable ways. So, you never know …)

Carlos Bocanegra is the most obvious choice to station next to Cameron. But Jamaica’s attackers are fast and the longtime U.S. captain isn’t. Plus, Klinsmann clearly had concerns, otherwise Bocanegra would have started in Kingston. It was probably some combination of Jamaica’s speed and Bocanegra’s lack of quality competition lately that had Klinsmann leaning another direction.

Michael Orozco Fiscal has been a Klinsmann favorite from the start. No one knows exactly why, although the Californian did slip forward to record perhaps the most important goal during Klinsi’s time in charge, that little tuck-away in the 1-0 smash-and-grab last month at Azteca.

Maurice Edu partnered with Cameron in the win over Mexico, so that’s clearly an option. Even if the stakes are elevated, a contest against Jamaica on American soil is a far lesser test than facing down El Tri in Mexico City. That is to say, Klinsmann clearly trusts this combo.

Michael Parkhurst played at right back last week, and does so at times for his Danish club, quite a bit recently. But Cherundolo’s return along the right would hand Klinsmann this option, too.

Jonathan Spector’s versatility has probably dented his career; having never established himself at one spot, the Birmingham City defender was never able to find a polished groove, not at international level, anyway. Then again, that same versatility makes him valuable in these situations. Klinsmann could do a lot worse than putting Spector alongside Cameron.

Inter beats 3rd-division Pordenone 5-4 on penalties in Cup

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MILAN (AP) Inter Milan scraped into the Italian Cup quarterfinals after the Serie A leader was taken to penalties by third-division Pordenone on Tuesday.

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Pordenone goalkeeper Simone Perilli pulled off several saves in regulation time to keep the game scoreless, and he almost proved to be the hero during the shootout, stopping two penalties.

But Inter prevailed 5-4, with Yuto Nagatomo tucking away the final spot kick.

Both sides hit the woodwork during the 120 minutes.

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti rang the changes, and only Milan Skriniar and Matias Vecino remained in the starting 11 from Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Juventus.

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However, he was forced by desperation to bring on Marcelo Brozovic at halftime as well as star forwards Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi.

Report: Cosmos coach Savarese to be named new Timbers manager

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In a time where NASL’s status moving forward is hanging in the balance, one of the league’s top managers is set to make the jump to Major League Soccer.

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According to ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman, New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese is set to be named the next Portland Timbers manager.

Savarese will take over for the recently departed Caleb Porter, who stepped down from his head coaching role with the Timbers in November.

The former professional player spent five seasons in MLS during his career, including stints with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now the Red Bulls), as well as the New England Revolution and the San Jose Earthquakes.

The 46-year-old has managed the Cosmos from 2013 to present, and guided the NASL side to three Soccer Bowl titles in that span.

Report: LA FC close to acquiring Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan

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First Dax McCarty ahead of the 2017 season, and now Sacha Kljestan?

It seems as though the New York Red Bulls could be on the verge of trading away yet another club captain this offseason.

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According to Metro, Los Angeles FC is close to trading for Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan.

The U.S. Men’s National Team attacker has led Major League Soccer in assists over the last two seasons, and has served as an integral piece in the Red Bulls midfield since joining the club in 2015.

The Red Bulls made Kljestan club captain ahead of the 2017 season when former midfielder Dax McCarty was traded away to the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money.

Kljestan spent the first five seasons of his MLS career with now-defunct side Chivas USA, before playing in Europe Belgian club Anderlecht.

LA FC continues active offseason with addition of Laurent Ciman

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It seems like Major League Soccer’s latest expansion team is taking a page out of Atlanta United’s playbook in its buildup to the 2018 season.

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After selecting five players in Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft, Los Angeles FC announced that it will be sending two of those players to the Montreal Impact.

LA FC will be sending Jukka Raitala and Raheem Edwards to the Impact.

The return? Bob Bradley and LA FC will acquire Impact center back Laurent Ciman — who has proven to be one of the best defenders in MLS since arriving in 2015.

“Laurent is a top defender who provides leadership and great distribution,” Bradley said upon acquiring Ciman. “His experience in the league and with the Belgian National Team will be invaluable as we build our club.”

With the addition of Ciman now in place, LA FC has built a strong central defensive partnership after the club also brought in former FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman in a trade on Sunday.

The expansion side already made a major splash with its first Designated Player signing this year, bringing in Mexican international Carlos Vela.