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Jermaine Jones available for Tuesday’s match with Honduras

Jun 17, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

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SALT LAKE CITY – Geoff Cameron was nothing short of outstanding as a fill-in for Jermaine Jones in the United States’ holding midfield spot last week, but Jermaine Jones’ complete recovery from a concussion means the Bundesliga veteran will probably return to the lineup Tuesday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Jones left the team’s match in Jamaica back on June 7 with a concussion and was held out of last week’s contest in Seattle. But he successfully completed the step-by-step concussion recovery protocol and was cleared by doctors to play in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier just outside Salt Lake City.

So Klinsmann has two choices ahead on re-shuffling a lineup that performed so well last week in a commanding win over Panama. Choosing between Jones or Cameron for the holding midfield spot is one of them – although the U.S. manager seems highly likely to go back to Jones.

Otherwise, he will also have to choose between Graham Zusi, who has gotten closer and closer to putting a lock on the U.S. right-sided attacking position, or go with Eddie Johnson once again. Johnson performed well there last week, although his game is less well-rounded than Zusi’s. Plus, as a more natural midfielder, Zusi has better defensive tendencies in assisting the team’s make-shift right back Brad Evans.

At his mid-day press conference Monday at Rio Tinto, Klinsmann said he had made his decisions but wasn’t sharing them.

  1. capsfan19 - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Cameron was much more effective than jones. Hands down. Allowed for bradley (a much better ball mover and visionary much further up the field so he could dish it off to the fowards or have a shot himself). Cameron was a rock for bradley. Jones is shakey, makes stupid tackles, not nearly as good on the ball as either of them and doesnt seem to be able to deliver those lethal passes.
    I was so impressed by that cameron/bradley combo, where i used to be a jones bradley fan, now im all about that duo

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