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Team USA men’s squad gears up for Jamaica & Gold Cup Semi-Final

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Attackers Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris, right back Reggie Cannon and central defender Matt Miazga are starting for the United States in its CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Jamaica as American coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes. If the USA wins, they’ll play Mexico in the Gold Cup Finals in Chicago.

Attackers Tyler Boyd and Gyasi Zardes moved to the bench for Wednesday night’s match along with right back Nick Lima and center back Walker Zimmerman.

Zack Steffen remained in goal, Aaron Long in central defense and Tim Ream at left back. Ream captained the Americans for the second time, the first since an exhibition win over Ecuador in March.

Berhalter kept intact the central midfield trio of Michael Bradley, Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie. Paul Arriola and Morris were on the flanks, and Altidore was up top.

Altidore and Morris scored when the U.S. beat Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 Gold Cup final. Altidore has three goals against the Reggae Boyz.

Arriola, Miazga, Ream and Steffen are the only holdovers from the starting lineup in a 1-0 exhibition loss to Jamaica on June 5.

The winner plays Mexico on Sunday in Chicago.

Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala is a 2-time winner of the prestigious"Edward R. Murrow Award" for his reporting/anchoring in news & sports. Paul Cicala has also been nominated for multiple EMMY's. Cicala has won the "Best Sportscaster" category in Tucson the last 3 years (voted on by readers of "Tucson Weekly"). Cicala is a native Tucsonan who specialized in border stories during his earlier career as a news reporter in this market, and now concentrates mainly on sports stories (with an occasional special report and/or feature story on life in Tucson & the Sonoran Desert).
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