Rowe had been one of the U.S.'s best players in the group stage, and one of the few players who legitimately helped their case for future national team appearances. The match will be shown on Fox Sports 1 and available for stream via Fox Sports Go. So the replacements aren't completely dominated by the establishment but that seems to be Arena's plan.
Costa Rica moves onto play the winner of the United States and El Salvador, with that match kicking off at 9:15 p.m. ET.
Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) has been relied on heavily by the United States thus far into the tournament. "Group play was an opportunity for a lot of players to get a chance. Win and go on, lose and go home".
This USMNT is now a favorite to advance past El Salvador in the Gold Cup with Dempsey, Altidore, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, and Darlington Nagbe (this is the only time you can root for the Portland Timbers star).
Ahead of the Gold Cup, Costa Rica frequently assume the role of tournament dark horses behind outright favourites Mexico and the United States.
"The team has done a good job navigating through the group stage", Bradley said. Canadian referee Drew Fischer did not punish Romero for the incident in the 57th minute and Altidore, incredulous with what happened, was ineffective for the rest of the game. This, after all, is an official FIFA competition. Sometimes you have to win ugly because CONCACAF opponents will employ shameless tactics that include biting, diving, punching, faking injuries, taunting, and any other dirty kind of soccer these players can muster.
The overseas core - Christian Pulisic, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood - was passed over.
As the quarterfinals start, national teams are allowed to switch out six players. Their presence should, in theory, re-establish the Americans' championship outlook. As it relates to Wednesday, the expectation is that the host should be able to take care of business without too much fuss.
Los Ticos enjoyed a straightforward passage into the knockout stages of the tournament, winning two and drawing one to top Group A. However, there has been little reward for that achievement, as Panama are a potentially tricky opponent. The Central American side started out the group stages with a lackluster 3-1 loss against Mexico, then defeated Curacao 2-0 and finally had an impressive 1-1 draw against Jamaica.
Corona opened the scoring against Nicaragua with a 37th-minute goal.
Michael Bradley is one of six players called in by Coach Bruce Arena for the knockout stages of the Gold Cup.
Midfielder Darwin Ceren is the lone El Salvador player who plays in Major League Soccer. The U.S.is in the midst of a 12-match, 25-year unbeaten streak against the El Salvador. The names that are used in this release are purely for descriptive purposes.
"At this level, any time you play a game, you're prepared, or you should be, whether you're with your club team or national team", Howard said.