Just a short little preview for the USMNT game that seems to mean everything to everyone, but really means absolutely nothing.
Jurgen has called up a very experienced side for a one-game playoff that could decide the fate of his job, but as long as Sunil Gulati is in charge that will not happen. Gulati has already come out and has said Jurgen’s job is safe. So on to the stuff that will actually happen like the game where 22 guys on a pitch go run a lot. The starting 11 for the USMNT is a hot topic and if you look on your twitter feed you most likely will find someone who is arguing who the starting center backs should be. The one thing we don’t have to talk about is which bald guy will be between the pipes. It will be Guzan. Jurgen has said it will be Guzan and it seems he’s comfortable leaving the team’s best leader and motivator on the bench, Tim “Beard of the Century” Howard. The other locks to be in the starting lineup are Beasley, Fabian Johnson, Jozy, Bradley, and Dempsey. Predicting the other positions is going to be crapshoot and there will be a lot of controversy about it once the lineup card is submitted. Whoever is on the field, however, will be going up against a very talented El Tri side. Mexico does have some injury concerns and will be missing Giovani Dos Santos, but it looks like they will have Guardado and Vazquez available to play. Mexico has looked very comfortable in the 5-3-2 and it seems to fit their personnel. How Jurgen decides to combat that, no one knows, but I would love to take a shot at it:
Jurgen’s predicted Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Guzan; Beasley, Besler, Alvarado, Johnson; Bradley, Jones; Zardes, Dempsey, Bedoya; Altidore
My Starting 11 (4-3-1-2 Diamond): Howard; Beasley, Ream, Cameron, Johnson; Williams, Bradley, Beckerman; Dempsey; Zardes, Altidore
P.S. Really funny how the only left back on the roster is DeMarcus Beasley; I would love to know who the guy was to tell Jurgen you can’t put Edgar Castillo on the roster