U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, who has started six of the USA’s nine qualifiers for 2010 so far, will not dress tonight after suffering a knee sprain last Wednesday during training. Gooch’s knee has improved enough that he could have played tonight, but the decision was made to save him so that he would be 100-percent for Wednesday’s match in Nashville vs. Trinidad & Tobago.
Danny Califf (3/0 career qualifying caps/goals), Jay DeMerit (1/0) and Jonathan Spector (2/0) are the candidates to play in central defense. Califf is the only of the three to play in the semifinal round, starting one game.
The other players that will not dress are Tim Howard (yellow card suspension), Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson. The U.S. lineup will be turned in (and posted here on the MNT Blog) one hour before kickoff so check back in.
Tonight’s game will be televised live on ESPN2 and Telefutura. If you’re not in front of a TV, ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker will have full play-by-play, lineups and stats. The U.S. Soccer feed at Twitter will also have updates.