Jun 18, 2013, 1:30 PM EST
(Update 6:10 p.m. MT: Lineups are out … nailed it)
SANDY, Utah — The lineups have become much more predictable lately for Jurgen Klinsmann, who has a settled central core now that an apparent first-choice center back tandem has been identified.
But there are a few choices to be made ahead of Tuesday’s match in Utah, where the temperatures may still be in the 90s for the 6:30 p.m. kickoff locally. Three choices specifically:
Jermaine Jones or Geoff Cameron in the holding midfield spot?
Jones has successfully completed the concussion recovery protocol, so he’s available – and I expect him to play. Cameron was outstanding last week, but Panama’s midfield was generally positioned so far back that the versatile Stoke City man wasn’t really pressed. Honduras, although seriously dented by injury, is likely to press its midfield a little higher. Jones has the experience and mentality to handle it.
The choice at left back:
Best guess here – and it is just a guess, because Klinsmann has proven quite unpredictable in the past – is that Fabian Johnson will retreat back into his former position. Johnson has played as a left-sided midfielder lately, forming quite a useful partnership with left back DaMarcus Beasley, who will serve a one-game suspension for yellow card build-up.
Lately, Klinsmann has elected to keep as many men in place as possible. In that case, Edgar Castillo or even Cameron would fill in at left back. But Castillo is a real risk as his defending is splotchy at best.
Graham Zusi’s return:
This one is a no-brainer. The Sporting KC man will regain his spot along the right after serving a yellow card suspension. His ability to supply in-form striker Jozy Altidore is among the best elements going for the United States at the moment. Eddie Johnson was certainly adequate last week in replacement duty along the right, but his skill set is more suited to cutting inside rather than stretching defenses horizontally. Zusi is also one of the top U.S. men on restarts.
What Johnson did do last week with reasonable work against Panama was give Klinsmann the confidence to keep him in the lineup, but along the left if Fabian Johnson plays in defense. Eddie Johnson was in that very spot for two qualifiers of the semifinal round.
Dec 21, 2013, 1:29 PM EST
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Dec 21, 2013, 12:58 PM EST
Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay spoke after his side lost to Liverpool, stating that, despite an ultimatum from owner Vincent Tan, he would not resign.
Dec 21, 2013, 12:26 PM EST
Baggies bounce back as fighting spirit surfaces in rambunctious battle with Hull:
Dec 21, 2013, 12:17 PM EST
Sunderland fought hard for all three points, but in the end, they remain dead last after a goalless draw with Norwich.
Dec 21, 2013, 12:13 PM EST
The Toon are on the verge of the top four after another superb victory at plucky Palace:
Dec 21, 2013, 12:04 PM EST
Villa managed to make the match interesting for about five minutes, but ultimately it was fairly easy for Stoke to get all three points.
Dec 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
United back in the groove as superb attacking display dispatches Hammers:
Dec 21, 2013, 11:57 AM EST
Fulham came back from 2-0 down, but City were simply the superior side, ultimately trotting out the winners.
Dec 21, 2013, 11:05 AM EST
United flying high as Moyes’ men are putting on a show at Old Trafford, watch the second half unfold:
Dec 21, 2013, 9:58 AM EST
Rooney returns, can he help United down the Hammers? Watch live, right here:
Dec 21, 2013, 9:43 AM EST
Can the Eagles clip the Magpies wings down at Selhurst Park? Watch live, right here:
Dec 21, 2013, 9:36 AM EST
Against Cardiff, Luis Suárez added two more goals to his season tally, making Malky Mackay’s position even more precarious.
Dec 21, 2013, 9:31 AM EST
Uruguayan superstar bags 18th and 19th goals of the season, watch his sublime strikes:
Dec 21, 2013, 9:26 AM EST
West Brom look for their first win in seven matches as they welcome Hull City to the Hawthorns.
Dec 21, 2013, 9:19 AM EST
Will City pile more pressure on the teams above them with a win over Fulham? Watch live, here:
Dec 21, 2013, 9:13 AM EST
With neither side particularly adept at scoring, will we see any action at the Britannia today? Give us your thoughts.
Dec 21, 2013, 8:20 AM EST
Cardiff were only able to hold out for 25 minutes before Luis Suárez had the ball in the back of the net.
Dec 21, 2013, 7:40 AM EST
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Dec 21, 2013, 7:25 AM EST
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