Altidore Out, Beasley In Ahead of Gold Cup Quarterfinal

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Deny Gallagher
USMNT Writer

The morning after the United States finished a successful group stage at the 2015 Gold Cup, Jozy Altidore greeted fans with this tweet.

Hours later, the official U.S. Soccer Twitter account confirmed Altidore’s departure from the squad. In addition, both Greg Garza and Alfredo Morales were also dropped from the roster.

It remains unclear whether Alitdore was dropped because of poor performance or for an unknown injury. Despite his scoring drought, the Toronto FC man did have the most touches in the final third than any other American.

To fill these three spots, Jurgen Klinsmann called in Alan Gordon, Joe Corona, and veteran DaMarcus Beasley. Fan were quite surprise with the inclusion of the LA Galaxy’s Alan Gordon into the God Cup squad. The striker was a member of the 2013 Gold Cup champion team, but has not been called into camp since the tournament.

Also receiving a call in from that 2013 team is Joe Corona, who was a key contributor during the previous Gold Cup run scoring two goals. The midfielder is now set to make his case for more consistent playing time with the first team.

Finally, the most shocking name on this list: DaMarcus Beasley. After last year’s World Cup, Beasley retired from international play. By accepting the call-up into this Gold Cup side, Beasley will now have been apart of five different World Cup cycles.

Klinsmann has made a name for him self by pulling the right strings at the right moments. Only time will tell, if these moves pay off.

In the mean time, the United States is training in Baltimore ahead of Saturday’s quarterfinal.