U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson will start against Panama in Panama City on Tuesday.
"We wanted to get Clarence a game in one of the last two (World Cup) qualifiers, which is why we are now rotating Matt Besler out," Klinsmann said.
Midfielders Landon Donovan (ankle) and Jermaine Jones (knee) were dropped from the roster for the U.S.'s final qualifier because of injuries.
The U.S. clinched a World Cup berth last month and beat Jamaica 2-0 on Friday to ensure first place in the CONCACAF group. Goodson's San Jose teammate Chris Wondolowski is also on the U.S. roster, but neither played in Kansas City, Kan.
"Landon is still struggling with the ankle injury from a couple weeks ago," Klinsmann said.
Donovan played a lackluster first half Friday before pulling subbed out. His Los Angeles Galaxy host the Quakes on Oct. 20 in a key MLS game.
Finishing an eight-game home stand, the No. 18 Santa Clara women's soccer team (8-3-1, 2-0 WCC) posted a 2-1 win over No. 22 BYU (7-4-1, 1-1). Sofia Huerta and Katie Speidel scored the Broncos' goals, and goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski made two saves. Middle blocker Carly Wopat had 10 kills, leading the No. 8 Stanford women's volleyball team (12-3, 5-1 Pac-12) to a 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 sweep of visiting Colorado (11-5, 3-3). Bret Bonanni and BJ Churnside had four goals each, leading the No. 4 Stanford men's water polo team (10-2) to a 14-8 win over No. 5 Cal (9-4) at the SoCal Invitational in Irvine. Aleksa Saponjic had three goals for the Bears. In the opening round, Cal beat UC San Diego 13-7, Stanford routed UC Davis 18-7, and Santa Clara (9-6) lost to Pacific 14-4. Stanford won 11 of 16 events in its 183-111 opening dual meet victory over Indiana in men's swimming and diving at Avery Aquatic Center. Freshman Justin Buck won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15 minutes, 17.37 seconds and 500 free in 4:29.44. Stanford finished 1-3-4 in the 1-meter springboard with Kristian Ipsen taking the event. Ipsen was second behind Indiana's Darian Schmidt in the 3-meter event. Cal opened its fall rugby season, losing to UCLA 24-19 in the final of the West Coast 7s at San Luis Obispo. The Bears rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit in the seven-a-side Olympic-code match. Cal beat Sacramento State 33-7, UC Davis 36-0 and Saint Mary's 17-10 to reach the final.
Wire services contributed to this report.