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Best guess at World Cup lineup, based on today’s roster

May 16, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

Since every player who started the last two World Cup qualifiers for Jurgen Klinsmann was named to today’s roster, putting our arms around a lineup for the money matches ahead shouldn’t be too tricky.

Then again, Klinsmann is a man who likes to “zig” when we are sure that he’s about to “zag,” so who really knows?

But below seems like a pretty good guess.

Fabian Johnson and Tim Howard are back into selection consideration, that does make for an interesting choice at left back. Not so much at goalkeeper as we talked about before.

(MORE: That settles that on any budding U.S. goalkeeper debate)

DaMarcus Beasley could start on the left, with Johnson on the right. That would provide Klinsmann with the option of pairing Geoff Cameron with Omar Gonzalez in the middle.

All of this is likely to change over the three World Cup qualifiers next month, especially with eight U.S. men sitting on those yellow cards. But for now, here’s our best guess at how things might be arranged as a starting point.

(MORE: Early talking points on the U.S. roster)

(Tactically, chances are that it looks more like a 4-4-2 for the away match at Jamaica, but the same basic arrangement looks a little more like a 4-3-3 for the home matches, with the flank men playing a little higher up the field and Dempsey dropping a little closer to the midfield connectors, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones.)


  1. danielofthedale - May 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I agree with nearly all of that line up. I would make one change. I would drop Herc, slid Dempsey to the flan and move in Boyd and play a 4-4-2 with two forwards. Jozy is best playing off another froward and running at defenders with the ball than with is back to goal. Boyd is a solid back to goal forward and I think give a better airel pressence than Gomez. Clint played some of the best soccer for the US as a wide player cutting inside during the last World Cup cycle. That is what I would like to see.

  2. charliej11 - May 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    You look at how many goals Herc, Dempsey and Altidore have scored and you think wow we should be scoring.
    Then you look again and think back to previous games and think where are the goals going to come from.


  3. gooterbaby - May 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Here is a crazy idea. Switch Altidore and Gomez in the friendlies to see if it works better for him there. Ive seen a lot of goals from Altidore at AZ scored from the left forward spot.

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