US goes with Beckerman, Bradley, Bedoya, Jones

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm •  Published: June 7, 2014
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann changed his midfield for Saturday's World Cup prep match against Nigeria, inserting Kyle Beckerman into the starting lineup alongside Jermaine Jones.

Michael Bradley remained in the midfield and was joined by Alejandro Bedoya, who started last month's 2-0 win over Azerbaijan and was replaced by Brad Davis for last weekend's 2-1 victory over Turkey. Graham Zusi joined Davis on the bench.

DaMarcus Beasley returned at left back in place of Timmy Chandler, who started against the Turks. Fabian Johnson remained at right back, and Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler in central defense.

Tim Howard was set to make his 100th international appearance, becoming the 15th American male to reach the century mark in caps.

"For anybody to reach 100 caps is an incredible achievement," Bradley said. "It shows consistency and an ability to push yourself regardless of what's going on. There are injuries. There are runs in and out of form. There are things that come up. But for somebody to be able to reach 100 caps playing for the U.S. national team shows that you've been able to push yourself through all of that."

Howard tied Tony Meola for second-most appearances by an American goalkeeper, two behind Kasey Keller.