BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Already without several players due to injury, U.S head Jurgen Klinsmann was forced to make a change as Omar Gonzalez left the team with a hip injury and was replaced by Michael Orozco.
It has been a rough few weeks for many top American players as Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, and Clint Dempsey were all not named to the U.S team due to injuries.
With a spot in next year's World Cup in Brazil assured, the U.S team will play its final qualifiers in the coming days starting with a home game against Jamaica on Friday in Kansas City followed by a trip to Panama next Tuesday.
Gonzalez has been the U.S team's starting central defender for most of 2013 and his hip injury is the latest setback. After recently signing a designated player contract with the Galaxy, the former University of Maryland standout was forced to leave Sunday's game 5-0 win over Chivas USA.
Orozco, 27, has infrequently been a part of the U.S team in recent years and recently played for the team last month in a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. In his career, the Puebla-based defender has 10 caps for the U.S team.