Josh Gatt's Gold Cup hinges on MRI results

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Whether Jurgen Klinsmann has Josh Gatt available to him for the Gold Cup depends on the results of a MRI.

Josh Gatt's Gold Cup in is in doubt after a knee injury sidelined him on Saturday for Molde and has him still dealing with doctors. Gatt underwent a MRI to get a better look at his knee and now he and the United States are awaiting the results of the scan.

Neither the U.S. nor Gatt has had anything to say about the injury or MRI except that he had one. That he is underwent the scan indicates some sort of concern about the injury, but it is unlikely to be extremely serious because the U.S. is still considering him for the Gold Cup. Whether he stays on the roster remains to be seen.

If Gatt cannot play, Jurgen Klinsmann will have Alejdandro Bedoya and Joe Corona available to him as wingers, although Mix Diskerud has played there before as well. Jose Francisco Torres and Stuart Holden could also be options out wide, but there aren't many holding players at Klinsmann's disposal so he would likely prefer to keep the duo available to him in the center. DaMarcus Beasley could also move into the midfield, his more natural position, but he needs experience at left back if Klinsmann is going to keep him there in World Cup qualifying and into next year's World Cup.

Gatt has just two caps to his name with both coming in the last year. He made his U.S. debut against Russia last November and then played in January against Canada. His blazing speed makes him an attractive option out wide, but he is a player in need of seasoning and while he has been linked to a move away from the Tippeligaen, he has yet to make that move so every match against tougher competition is valuable. The Gold Cup could be that for him, if he can get past this knee injury and play.

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