Gold Cup Preview: USA - Belize

Jurgen Klinsmann's side opens the CONCACAF Gold Cup against a tournament first-timer following a rout of Guatemala on Friday in Portland.
USA (4-1-4-1): Rimando; Parkhurst; Goodson, Onyewu, Beasley; Beckerman; Donovan, Torres; Corona, Castillo; Gomez.


GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Jose Torres (Tigres)

FORWARDS: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Belize (4-4-2): West; Smith, Gaynair, Eiley, Pandy; A. Makin, D. Makin; James, Lennen; Roches, McCauley.


GOALKEEPERS: Frank Lopez, Shane Orio, Woodrow West

DEFENDERS: Dalton Eiley, Ian Gaynair, Tyrone Pandy, Elroy Smith, Harrison Tasher, Evral Trapp, Kahlil Velasquez

MIDFIELDERS: Elroy Kuylen, Trevor Lennen, Andres Makin, Devon Makin, Ashley Torres, Luis Torres, David Trapp

FORWARDS: Lennox Castillo, Daniel Jimenez, Evan Mariano, Deon McCaulay, Harrison Roches, Michael Salazar


  • This is Belize's first appearance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It qualified with a fourth-place finish in the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana.
  • Belize forward Deon McCauley leads the region in World Cup qualifying goals this cycle with 11 despite the nation being eliminated prior to the semifinal round of qualifying. He was on trial for the Portland Timbers in the winter.
  • Belize is coached by an American, Kansas native Ian Mork.
  • USA veteran Landon Donovan crossed the 50-goal barrier on the international level with his two goals in the Americans' 6-0 rout of Guatemala in a friendly on Friday.
  • Stoke City winger Brek Shea was added to the USA's roster as an injury replacement for Molde attacker Josh Gatt.
  • DaMarcus Beasley was named captain for the USA for the Gold Cup by manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • The USA has never met Belize before in an international competition.