Here is how Jurgen Klinsmann's side will line up for tonight's friendly match at Red Bull Arena...
Substitutes: Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid, Ventura Alvarado, Jonathan Spector, Mix Diskerud, Lee Nguyen, Bobby Wood, Andrew Wooten
The US national team will be looking to bounce back from the weekend’s crushing CONCACAF Cup defeat when they face Costa Rica tonight in a friendly matchup at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Saturday night’s 3-2 extra-time loss to bitter rivals Mexico saw the US miss out on qualifying for the 2017 Confederations Cup and, after the result followed a disappointing fourth-place finish at the summer’s Gold Cup – their worst performance at the tournament since 2000, the calls for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to be sacked are now rampant among fans and even the media.
The German appears to be going nowhere for the moment, however, and is now focused on using the Costa Rica clash to evaluate his roster ahead of their first two World Cup qualifiers against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago next month.
Eight players were permitted to leave the squad following Saturday’s defeat – goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler, midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley and Graham Zusi and forwards Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski, while full-back Fabian Johnson was also sent home after a dispute over his decision to take himself off in the 111th-minute of the Mexico match.
"I had a very severe word with Fabian Johnson and I sent him home today," Klinsmann told the likes of Fox Soccer during Monday’s pre-match press conference. "The situation had occurred there at the end of the game where he said he couldn't go any more and I reacted to it and obviously made the substitution. He just feared to possibly get an injury, but he was not injured in that moment. He got all stiffened up. It was a muscle issue. It's normal."
Goalkeeper Bill Hamid, midfielders Mix Diskerud, Lee Nguyen and Brek Shea and forward Andrew Wooten have all joined the team in the meantime and Klinsmann is hoping to see them push for more prominent roles in his long-term plans against Costa Rica.
“We have a very good squad together for tomorrow night,” he added. “It’s the last chance to see a couple of guys who are on the surface there who want to break in. Brek Shea is back. Mix is back as well. Lee Nguyen is here. This gives us a last opportunity to maybe see a couple of minutes from certain players, which is important, too, before we zoom in and start World Cup qualifying again.”
Shea is the only newcomer to land a spot in the starting XI at Red Bull Arena, however, as the likes of Fulham's Tim Ream, Reading's Danny Williams and Sunderland's Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin all come into the line-up.