the World Cup with a muscle strain. And striker Hugo Almeida limped off mid-way through the first half against Germany with a muscle injury.
Pepe, another Real Madrid defender, is suspended.
The starting lineup, however, won’t affect the team’s need for points, or the Americans’ game plan.
“We’ll see what happens if they come out a little different because they need the win,” Beckerman said. “We’ll be ready for them trying to come after us or sitting back, either one. We’ve got to be ready for everything.”