The “Insider” US blog at ESPN.com had the following quote from Captain Carlos in an entry late this afternoon:
“With Jay and Gooch out, that’s going to hurt us a little bit, but we have guys who can come in and do the job. We have a deep team now, which is nice, so whoever comes in is going to do the job. That’s why they’re in camp with us.”
Obviously, it’s not official, but it is not looking likely that DeMerit will be in the starting eleven when the US takes on El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium this Saturday.
As Matthew suggested in an update to the US – El Salvador preview this morning upon learning of the ailing DeMerit, Chad Marshall probably gets the start in the middle along with Boca. (And we’re hoping Spector and Bornstein flank them to complete the back four.)
While we’d all rather have the starting defense in their, perhaps a depleted central defense will (finally) force the US to play a possession game along with the appropriate line-up changes in the midfield.