Landon Donovan starts for U.S.

  • ESPN Staff
  • September 6, 2013

Landon Donovan returns to the United States lineup for Friday night's World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica, but the Americans will begin without striker Jozy Altidore.

Donovan missed the past 10 qualifiers while taking time away from the game but was named the top player while leading the U.S. to the title at this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Altidore is dealing with an injured hamstring that kept him out of Saturday's English Premier League match with Sunderland. He is available to come off the bench for the U.S. on Friday.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann will put out a 4-2-3-1 formation. He made a change at right back, replacing Geoff Cameron with Michael Orozco.

Cameron found his way into the game, though, when Michael Bradley suffered a left ankle sprain in warm-ups.

Clint Dempsey will captain the U.S. from up top while earning his 100th cap.

The Americans will clinch a spot in the World Cup if they win, Mexico draws against Honduras and Jamaica wins or draws with Panama on Friday.

The U.S. has never won in Costa Rica.

Goalkeeper: Tim Howard.

Defenders: Michael Orozco, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley.

Midfielders: Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, Fabian Johnson.

Forwards: Clint Dempsey.

Available substitutes: Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, John Brooks, Edgar Castillo, Mix Diskerud, Brad Guzan, Aron Johannsson, Michael Parkhurst, Nick Rimando.

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