Johansson gets 1st US start against Jamaica

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Fans wait for a World Cup qualifier soccer match between the United States and Jamaica at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Aron Johannsson was given his first international start for the United States in a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Friday night.

With the U.S. already assured of its seventh straight World Cup berth, coach Jurgen Klinsmann changed six starters from last month's clinching 2-0 win over Mexico.

Brad Evans was at right back, joined by Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler in central defense. Mix Diskerud joined the midfield and Jozy Altidore was at forward.

Holdovers included goalkeeper Tim Howard, left back DaMarcus Beasley, and midfielders Landon Donovan, Alejandro Bedoya and Jermaine Jones.

Evans missed the Mexico match with a strained calf muscle, and Altidore, Besler and Cameron served suspensions for yellow-card accumulation.

Johannson, who turns 23 next month, played for Iceland's under-21 team and made his U.S. debut in August. He plays for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, Altidore's former club.

The U.S. (5-2-1), which leads the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, entered 24-0-2 in home qualifiers since a 2001 loss to Honduras at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Last-place Jamaica (0-4-4), on the verge of elimination, made seven changes from the starting lineup that held Costa Rica to a 1-1 draw last month in Kingston.

Goalkeeper DuWayne Kerr; defender Demar Phillips; midfielders Rudolph Austin and Je-Vaughn Watson; and forwards Deshorn Brown, Ryan Johnson and Darren Mattocks were inserted by coach Winfried Schaefer. They joined defenders Lloyd Doyley, Adrian Mariappa and Wes Morgan, and midfielder Joel McAnuff.