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U.S. men’s soccer team keeps Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi for Panama match

Updated: 2013-10-12T23:24:57Z


The Kansas City Star

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi earned another match with the U.S. men’s national soccer team, but defender Matt Besler will take a break.

Zusi, who scored the first goal in Friday night’s 2-0 win over Jamaica at Sporting Park, will be part of the team that will face Panama on Tuesday in the USA’s final match of the 2014 World Cup qualifying cycle.

But Landon Donovan (ankle) and Jermaine Jones (knee) have been released due to injury concerns, while Besler, who played all 90 minutes against Panama and goalkeeper Tim Howard, who posted his 33rdcareer shutout, will sit out as part of a planned rotation of players.

“We wanted to get Clarence Goodson a game in one of the last two qualifiers, which is why we are now rotating Matt Besler out,” Klinsmann said.

The United States already has clinched first place in the hexagonal and is assured of a spot in the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

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