With just a few hours remaining until Jurgen Klinsmann names his starting lineup for tonight's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala, let's brainstorm possible tweaks we could see using context clues and logic. As a refresher, this was the questionable lineup that was deployed on Friday night in Guatemala City:
Howard; Cameron, Gonzalez, Orozco, Castillo; Yedlin, Bradley, Diskerud, Bedoya; Wood, Dempsey
Needless to say, that XI didn't cover itself in glory on the night. The first change we're sure to see (unless Klinsmann flip-flops, which is entirely possible) is Brad Guzan in for Tim Howard in a scheduled platoon swap.
Goff also reports that Alejandro Bedoya is suffering with an ankle injury, but did train on Monday and should be able to play tonight.
Those are the facts. Now time for some conjecture. The most obvious move to make would be the substitute that happened at halftime on Friday. Darlington Nagbe for Mix Diskerud. The Portland Timbers midfielder came on against Guatemala and was again a difference maker, creating several high quality scoring chances. Tonight should be his time to shine if Jurgen doesn't make a boneheaded decision.
Another possible change could see Jozy Altidore returning to the lineup. It's a mystery just how match fit Altidore is, but if he can conceivably give 60 good minutes tonight, it's likely he'll make his return replacing Bobby Wood who didn't hurt his cause against Guatemala, but didn't exactly take advantage of his starting opportunity either.