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Howard, Dempsey, Altidore, Bradley added to U.S. Gold Cup squad

Howard, Dempsey, Altidore, Bradley added to U.S. Gold Cup squad
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

The United States have announced their roster changes for the knockout stages of the 2017 Gold Cup, and as predicted, manager Bruce Arena has added some heavy reinforcements, with most of the additions having extensive international experience.

"We have added some experienced players to the roster that can help us in the knockout round of the Gold Cup," Arena said on Sunday. "The players leaving all made a good impression, and I am optimistic for their future with the national team program."

Tournament rules allow teams to make up to six changes once the group stage is complete, as long as the added players come from a team's 40-man preliminary roster.

The players added include Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, Toronto forward Jozy Altidore, and Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey.

All five took part in the most recent round of World Cup qualifying in June, and four of them -- Bradley, Howard, Altidore and Dempsey -- have more than 100 caps.

Also included is FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, who will be participating in his first official tournament since having his one-time switch from Mexico to the U.S. approved by FIFA.

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