A combination of unhappy with his team’s performance in the 3-2 victory over Martinique on Wednesday, and seeking one final opinion on a number of fringe players, Bruce Arena has elected to make 11 — yes, eleven — changes to the U.S. national team’s starting 11 for Saturday’s Group B finale against Nicaragua.
When: 7 p.m. ET
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Out are… well, everyone; and, in are… well, you get the picture. Of particular note, goalkeeper Bill Hamid and defender Matt Miazga will make their 2017 Gold Cup debuts, while the other nine players selected (full lineup below) either started or appeared off the bench in at least one of the USMNT’s first two games. Arena is expected to make all six changes available to him before the start of the knockout rounds on Wednesday.
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With Panama’s 3-0 victory over Martinique in the day’s first Group B finale, Arena’s side needs to win by three goals or more in order to finish top of the Group and create the easiest possible path to the final for themselves.
Updated Group B standings
1. Panama — 7 points (+4 GD, 6 GF)
2. USA — 4 points (+1 GD, 4 GF)
3. Martinique — 3 points (-2 GD, 4 GF)
4. Nicaragua — 0 points (-3 GD, 1 GF)