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USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Lineup projection

This is a bit of a weird squad, so it's all guesswork.


The United States takes on Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday with something like a B+ squad. A number of first choice players are noticeably absent -- the USMNT has become MLS-heavy recently and it's a long way to travel for a friendly -- but a lot of the team's best European-based players are on the squad. This should be a good chance for some Gold Cup/fringe guys to make one last positive impression and win a spot on the September roster.

Here's my projected team.

United States lineup (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Brad Evans, Geoff Cameron, Tim Ream, Edgar Castillo; Michael Bradley, Mikkel Diskerud; Alejandro Bedoya, Joe Corona, Eddie Johnson; Jozy Altidore

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And now some questions from my imaginary friend.

No Bundesliga guys in the starting XI?

I'm just going to guess that Jurgen Klinsmann isn't going to start the guys who have started their league seasons. I could be entirely wrong, but I don't see a good reason to give 45-plus minutes to John Anthony Brooks and Jermaine Jones when both started last weekend and could go 90 this weekend. Fabian Johnson, who is looking less important for his club team, could get a look.

Holy heck that back line looks scary

Yeah, and they're going to be up against Edin Dzeko. I'm terrified.

Brad Guzan is better than Tim Howard

I know, but Timmy's still the man.

Why isn't Aron Johannsson here?

Unless you haven't seen yet, his paperwork apparently wasn't finalized in time for him to play in this game. (UPDATE: But now it has been!)

Is this Mix's chance to unseat Jermaine Jones and become a first choice player?

Probably not, but here's to hoping.

Are we going to learn anything from this game?

No, I hate this August friendly date and I'm glad it's going away.