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Omar Gonzalez, Brad Davis to start for U.S. in World Cup match vs. Germany

Joe Lago
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RECIFE, Brazil – United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes to his starting lineup for Thursday's World Cup Group G finale against Germany, replacing center back Geoff Cameron with Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya with Brad Davis.

Klinsmann declared everyone but injured forward Jozy Altidore fully fit on Wednesday. That did not stop him from making a change in his defense by benching Cameron, whose failed clearance led to Portugal's fifth-minute goal in Sunday's 2-2 draw in Manaus.

Bedoya had put in two workmanlike performances at right midfield. He is replaced by Davis, the Houston Dynamo veteran who will make his World Cup debut at left midfield. Graham Zusi will move to his regular right midfield spot with Michael Bradley manning the middle of a five-man midfield.

Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman return as the two defensive midfielders. Clint Dempsey is the lone striker in Klinsmann's 4-5-1 formation.

Joining Gonzalez in the U.S. defense is right back Fabian Johnson, center back Matt Besler and left back DaMarcus Beasley.

Germany's starting lineup includes goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, defenders Benedikt Howewedes, Mats Hummels, Per Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng, midfielders Bastian Schweinsteinger, Mesut Ozil, Philipp Lahm and Toni Kroos and forwards Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller.

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