ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Forward Jesús Ferreira, winger Paul Arriola, midfielder Luca de la Torre and right-back Shaq Moore have entered the United States starting lineup for the Champions League playoffs. Sunday night’s World Cup against Panama as coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes.
Moore, summoned from Spain on short notice, replaced DeAndre Yedlin and Arriola took over from Tim Weah. Yedlin and Arriola served a one-game suspension after receiving their second qualifying yellow cards in Thursday night’s 0-0 draw with Mexico.
De la Torre replaced Kellyn Acosta and Ferreira came on for Ricardo Pepi, with Berhalter looking for goals from crosses.
The remains included goalkeeper Zack Steffen, centre-backs Walker Zimmerman and Miles Robinson, left-back Antonee Robinson, midfielders Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah and winger Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic captained the United States for the eighth time.
The United States was in position to clinch a return to the World Cup with a victory and if Costa Rica failed to win in El Salvador in a game that started earlier on Sunday.
Adams, Miles Robinson, Steffen and Jordan Pefok entered with yellow cards and with another yellow would be suspended for Wednesday’s final in Costa Rica.
3 goalkeeper Sean Johnson did not dress and defender Reggie Cannon was unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19.
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