Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley set to join U.S. Gold Cup squad - sources
U.S. manager Bruce Arena is poised to bring in some heavy reinforcements to his Gold Cup roster.
Tournament rules allow teams to make up to six changes once the group stage is complete, so long as the added players come from a team's 40-man preliminary roster.
As such, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that the Toronto FC duo of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, and goalkeepers Tim Howard and Jesse Gonzalez will be among those called up by Arena after the Americans' final group stage encounter against Nicaragua on Saturday.
Goal.com was the first to report the inclusion of Nagbe, Howard and Gonzalez, and also said that Seattle forward Clint Dempsey would be included. Sportsnet earlier reported the addition of Bradley and Altidore.
Both Howard and Bradley looked on from a stadium suite as the U.S. beat Nicaragua 3-0 in the final group-stage game.
After the game, Arena confirmed that Alejandro Bedoya would be among the players departing because of the impending birth of his baby next week. Reports said goalkeeper Brad Guzan would also go, ahead of debut with new club Atlanta United, while Sean Johnson returned to New York City FC.
Arena indicated at his news conference before Saturday's match that he was pleased with his team's progress so far in the tournament, with the U.S. claiming four points from its first two matches.
But the reality is that the U.S. has looked far from convincing in its first two games -- a 1-1 draw with Panama and a 3-2 win over Martinique -- and while Gonzalez's addition is more about getting him acclimated to the national team setup, the other five should provide a significant boost to the U.S. team's chances of winning the tournament.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.