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Klinsmann selects strong U.S. starting lineup vs. Ukraine; do you agree?

Mar 5, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT


The U.S. national team takes on Ukraine in Larnaca, Cyprus, on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, and Jurgen Klinsmann has made some bold selections for the Nats.

In a 4-2-3-1 formation, Klinsmann has used a mixture of youth and experience from the start in the friendly which will provide the USA with a big test.

Tim Howard is in goal, while there’s a makeshift back four of Geoff Cameron at right back, Oguchi Onyewu and John Brooks in central defense and Fabian Castillo at left back.

In front of them, Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan will sit in as the holding midfielders, with Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson in front of them. Jozy Altidore is the USA’s lone striker.

With this match acting as the final audition for many of Klinsmann’s European based players, Onyewu and Brooks will have to shine at center back against Ukraine’s speedy attackers. Kljestan also needs to have a big game, while many thought Aron Johannsson could oust Altidore from the U.S. starting lineup, but the AZ Alkmaar star has been left on the bench.

Do you agree with Klinsmann’s starting lineup? Here it is…

U.S. starting lineup vs. Ukraine: Howard; Cameron, Onyewu, Brooks, Castillo; Jones, Kljestan; Bedoya, Dempsey, Johnson; Altidore. Subs: Spector, Morales, Johannsson, Guzan, Williams, Packwood, Boyd, Agudelo, Shea

Here at ProSoccerTalk we will have a recap, plus reaction and analysis from the USA’s encounter  with Ukraine.

  1. nappy25 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I love our German-Mexican-American Fabian Castillo!

  2. hildezero - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    XD I was about to say that, dawg!… Instead I was gonna say the Colombian-American. You know, that one player that’s a defender for the FC Dallas of MLS.

  3. markburst - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Altidore needs to show well here. If he doesn’t and he can’t seem to find his way onto the field in the EPL, I can’t see him as the starting striker in Brazil… especially if others are playing well and scoring in their domestic league. I knew going to Sunderland would be a big mistake for Jozy. He might as well come back to MLS for the rest of this Euro season. He is a great athlete, too good to leave off the WC squad…

  4. hildezero - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM


    I agree with you with him not starting in Brazil, but not on him going back to MLS.

  5. mikeevergreen - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Weak lineup. No Donovan or Bradley.

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