KINGSTON, Jamaica -- U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a bold roster decision Friday night against Jamaica by leaving team captain Carlos Bocanegra out of the starting lineup.
Klinsmann opted to go with the younger Clarence Goodson and Geoff Cameron on the backline, leaving the veteran watching from the sideline as the Americans suffered their first loss to the Reggae Boyz in 19 meetings between the two teams in a 2-1 decision at the National Stadium.
"Carlos had some problems getting in a rhythm now with the whole transfer thing," Klinsmann said. "And we had a very good experience in Mexico with Geoff Cameron in the middle and Maurice Edu in the middle. We decide to bring Maurice back into the midfield and Clarence has been playing in a very consistent way in Europe.
"They're ahead of [Bocanegra] at the moment."
Bocanegra recently made the switch from recently-relegated Rangers to Racing Santander of Spain's second division, a move the 33-year-old wouldn't have made if he didn't think it staying in Scotland's third tier would affect his chances of being named to the 2014 World Cup roster.
Cameron signed with Stoke City earlier this summer and is working his way into a consistent starting job with the Premier League side. Goodson is playing consistently in Denmark with Brondby.