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Johnson, USA in Gold Cup quarterfinal this afternoon

USSF100Sounders forward Eddie Johnson will be back in the USA colors at 1 p.m. today when the United States meets El Salvador before a sellout crowd in Baltimore.

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The USA's quest for its fifth Gold Cup title kicks off in earnest when the knockout phase begins with a quarterfinal matchup against El Salvador in Baltimore. Coverage from sold-out M&T Bank Stadium begins at 3:30 p.m ET on FOX and Univision. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. entered the quarterfinal by virtue of winning Group C. El Salvador advanced as the second place team from Group B. In the second part of the doubleheader, Honduras faces Costa Rica. The winner of these two matches will meet in the semifinal in Dallas on July 24. TOP SIX NOTES • The 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on July 16 gave the USA eight wins in a row, setting an all-time record for consecutive wins for the U.S. Men's National Team. • The win also extended the USA's record in the group phase to 28-1-2 all-time. The MNT improved its record this year to 9-2-2, and 8-1-1 in U.S.-hosted games in 2013. • In the history of the Gold Cup, the U.S. team has only lost once in a quarterfinal (2000). • Chris Wondolowski leads the tournament in scoring with five goals. That is also the most any U.S. player has scored in a single Gold Cup. • With his game-winner, Brek Shea became the seventh player on this U.S. roster to score his first international goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Shea joins Corona as the second player to score his debut goal in the 2013 edition of the regional championship. • With the World Cup less than a year away, the mix of veterans and younger players are hoping the Gold Cup will prove to be a launching point for a spot in World Cup Qualifying and ultimately Brazil in 2014.TRADING PLACES: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made four changes to the 23-player 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster. Per tournament regulations, teams had the opportunity to make up to four changes to the roster in the 24 hours following the completion of the group phase.

Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Alan Gordon and Eddie Johnson have all been added to the U.S. roster. Besler, Gordon and Johnson reported to Baltimore on Thursday.

Two changes come as the result of injury concerns. Oguchi Onyewu suffered an ankle sprain during the USA's 4-1 win against Belize on July 13 in Sandy, Utah. Herculez Gomez continues to feel the effects of a knee issue and will head to Club Tijuana to prepare for the upcoming season.

Also gone are Houston Dynamo defender and 2013 MLS All-Star Corey Ashe, and Jack McInerney, the 20-year-old Philadelphia Union forward who made his debut in a National Team camp.

BEASLEY NAMED GOLD CUP CAPTAIN: Klinsmann named three-time World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley as the U.S. captain for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Beasley has enjoyed a resurgence with the National Team after receiving his first call-up in seven months when he was added to the roster for the World Cup Qualifiers in March against Costa Rica and Mexico. Beasley had previously one the captain's armband only once, in the USA's 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15, 2008, in Port-of-Spain.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Gold Cup Caps/Goals) GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United - 0/0), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire - 1/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake - 2/0) DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla - 19/6), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake - 1/0), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana - 1/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 0/0)), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes - 12/2), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla - 3/1), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg - 7/0) MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake - 8/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg - 7/1), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana - 3/1), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg - 3/0), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers - 8/3), Brek Shea (Stoke City - 3/1), Jose Torres (Tigres - 3/0) FORWARDS (5): Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy - 31/15), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes - 0/0), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders - 3/1), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes - 6/5)

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