Klinsmann makes 5 lineup changes, shifts Cameron and Yedlin
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann inserted five new starters into his lineup for Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala following a 2-0 loss last week at the Central Americans.
Facing a near must-win game, Klinsmann also shifted Geoff Cameron to central defense from right back and moved DeAndre Yedlin to right back from midfield, putting the pair at positions they play more regularly with their clubs in England.
Defender Steve Birnbaum, midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Graham Zusi, and forward Gyasi Zardes were inserted into the lineup along with goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who had been scheduled to rotate with Tim Howard.
Other dropped players included the central defense pairing of Omar Gonzalez and Michael Orozco, and midfielders Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya. Bedoya has a sore ankle.
The 4-3-3 formation had Cameron paired in the center of the defense with Birnbaum, who was making just his fourth international appearance. Edgar Castillo remained at left back.
Beckerman was in a defensive midfield role, with Bradley and Zusi in front of him. Clint Dempsey centered the front line, flanked by Zardes and Bobby Wood.
Guatemala made two changes, dropping forward Carlos Ruiz and defender Hamilton Lopez. Ruiz, who scored the second goal Friday, had legal issues that delayed his arrival in Columbus until Tuesday. Lopez arrived Monday after a visa problem was solved.
Mafre Icute started in place of Ruiz, and Carlos Castrillo took Lopez's spot for No. 95 Guatemala.
Seeking their eighth straight World Cup berth, the 30th-ranked Americans had been unbeaten in 21 games against Guatemala since January 1988 and had never lost to Los Chapines in World Cup qualifying.
Trinidad and Tobago (2-0-1) leads Group C with seven points and Guatemala (2-1) is one point back. The U.S. (1-1-1) has four points and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (0-3) is last. The top two teams advance to the six-nation regional finals.
At home, the Americans are unbeaten in 28 consecutive qualifiers (26-0-2) since a 3-2 loss to Honduras in September 2001 at Washington, D.C.