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Football: Shea replaces injured Gatt on US Gold Cup team

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Brek Shea will replace injured midfielder Joshua Gatt on the United States squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, US coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Saturday.

The move came after Gatt was ruled out for the North American biennial championship event due to a knee injury he suffered June 29 with Molde of the Norwegian first division.

"It's a very unfortunate situation for Josh," Klinsmann said. "This is now a couple of times that he has been injured after receiving a call up to the national team and it must be frustrating and disappointing.

"He has been making great progress and we were really looking forward to the opportunity to see him in action."

While the setback hurts Gatt's hopes for a spot on the squad that is in a strong position to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil, it opens a door for Shea, who was a reserve in a 6-0 US friendly win over Guatemala on Friday.

Chris Pontius, a midfielder for D.C. United of Major League Soccer, was added to the 12-player US pool for later possible inclusion on the Gold Cup side.

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