- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) - Alejandro Bedoya captained the U.S. for the first time in Sunday’s exhibition game at Puerto Rico.

Seven of the starters are on the roster for next month’s Copa America, with Bedoya joined by goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defenders John Brooks, Michael Orozco, DeAndre Yedlin, Perry Kitchen and Bobby Wood.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Saturday he picked Guzan over Tim Howard as his first choice in goal for the tournament, where the Americans open against Colombia on June 3.

In the Americans’ first game at Puerto Rico, Yedlin was at right back, with Orozco and Brooks in central defense and Tim Ream on the left. Danny Williams was in defensive midfield of the 4-4-2 diamond formation, with Kitchen and Alfredo Morales ahead of him and Bedoya up front. Wood was at forward along with Paul Arriola, who was making his national team debut after scoring against New Zealand at last year’s Under-20 World Cup.

Kitchen was making his first U.S. start after three substitute appearances.

Defenders Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron, both coming off injuries, remained in the U.S. and will rejoin the team on Monday in Texas ahead of Wednesday’s exhibition against Ecuador in Frisco. Players from Major League Soccer also are to join the team next week.

The U.S. also plays Bolivia next Saturday at Kansas City, Kansas.

At the Copa America, the U.S. faces Colombia at Santa Clara, California, then meets Costa Rica at Chicago on June 7 and closes the first round against Paraguay at Chicago on June 11.



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