The coach chose to add DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona and Alan Gordon for the knockout rounds, which begin with the quarterfinals Saturday in Baltimore.
They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready.
Jozy Altidore is available to play for the United States in Tuesday’s World Cup second-round game against Belgium, but it does not appear the forward is ready to return to the starting lineup.
At U.S. World Cup fan headquarters in Recife, Brazil, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati welcomed none other than Will Ferrell to the stage.
Chris Wondolowski is an American who currently plays as a striker for the San Jose Earthquakes from the MLS and for the United States Men’s National Team.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday that if the Americans qualify for the knockout stage, “we’ll have a good chance to have him back again.”
U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman did not reveal the severity of the injury but said the Americans were hopeful Jozy Altidore can return at some point during the tournament.
Players hope to become the first American team to win consecutive World Cup games since a 2-0 start at the very first tournament in 1930.
Jozy Altidore was due to have his injured left hamstring examined after the U.S. squad returned to its Sao Paulo headquarters from Monday night’s 2-1 victory against Ghana.
Get to know more about United States men’s national soccer team forward Jozy Altidore.
Klinsmann’s doubters have been silenced, and the unconventional German coach has the Americans one step closer to Brazil and a giant leap toward finally making good on their promise.
Jozy Altidore scored a goal in his third straight match, Eddie Johnson thrilled his home club fans with a goal in the 53rd minute, and the United States took over first place in its World Cup qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Panama on Tuesday.
Brad Evans scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, giving the U.S. a thrilling 2-1 win over Jamaica at Kingston on Friday night that solidified the Americans’ chances of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.