The United States got off to a great start during their centennial celebration game against Germany, taking 2-0 and 4-1 leads before their very amusing late collapse. Jürgen Klinsmann started with a rather unconventional team, playing two not-fullbacks at fullback and a real fullback at left wing. It was weird, but it kind of worked, and there's no super obvious alternative.
It's not sexy, but we're predicting an unchanged team.
United States lineup projection (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Evans; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones; Fabian Johnson, Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi; Jozy Altidore
Here are some questions you probably have, or things that you are thinking.
I'm kind of over Tim Howard.
I'm kind of over Tim Howard too.
Brad Evans isn't a right back.
I know, but Geoff Cameron isn't a right back either. Just because Tony Pulis plays someone in a position doesn't mean they actually play that position.
Could Omar Gonzalez get benched after his recent gaffes?
Yes, his inclusion is the one I'm least confident about. I really like Omar Gonzalez, but he's made bad mistakes that have directly led to goals three times in two games. I don't think anyone should be annoyed if Klinsmann loses his patience with him and starts Cameron next to Besler. However, if he starts Clarence Goodson, feel free to be very annoyed.
Why are we starting a left winger at left back and a left back at left wing, again?
Beats me. Klinsmann is nuts and he'd probably improve the team elevently billion infinity percent (real number!) if he swapped Beasley and Johnson.