TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jose Torres was given an unusual start at left back as the United States opened World Cup qualifying Friday night against Antigua and Barbuda.
Normally a possession-oriented midfielder, Torres was shifted to the back line because of injuries to Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann elected to keep captain Carlo Bocanegra at center back, paired with Clarence Goodson. Steve Cherundolo was at right back.
In a 4-3-3 formation, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley started in midfield, with Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez at forward. Tim Howard was in goal.
Kickoff was pushed back about 15 minutes by an early evening storm.