Jurgen Klinsmann has brought some interesting young players into what he's labeling a "transition camp" before the full national team can assemble before the Copa America. The 22-player squad he's bringing to Puerto Rico on Sunday features five players who haven't been capped yet, along with several others with very little experience on the international level.
It should be a very interesting friendly match to watch. Sure, the United States should be heavy favorites considering Puerto Rico don't compete against other countries very often (four matches in 2015), but getting to see some fresh faces play for the USA will be exciting. So, which players will earn a spot in Klinsmann's starting 11 for this experimental friendly?
Bobby Wood seems like a guarantee to get a starting nod at the striker spot. He's basically the only forward on the roster with extensive experience playing for the national team. Julian Green has played in a World Cup, but that's about the beginning and the end of his international résumé.
With the personnel available in camp, a 4-3-3 looks like the formation to put your money on for this match. With Fabian Johnson's availability in question with a groin injury, it's probably safe to assume he'll be rested. Fabrice 'Fafa' Picault could be an option on the wing with his pace, along with someone like Paul Arriola, who had a successful season with Club Tijuana.
In the midfield it's a safe bet that Alejandro Bedoya will get a start. The holding midfielder spot seems like it would come down to a choice between Danny Williams and Perry Kitchen. Williams gets our vote by the slightest of margins. While he's not on the 40-man Copa America roster, the team needs a bit of creativity in this tripod. This is where the youngster, Emerson Hyndman, comes in to help.
The back line seems pretty predictable with DeAndre Yedlin taking the right back spot, Geoff Cameron and John Brooks partnering in central defense, and Tim Ream occupying the left like he's done for Fulham most of this past season.
The old conundrum of Tim Howard or Brad Guzan rears it's head once more as we shift to the goalkeeper spot. Klinsmann has yet to announce his plans for these two for this summer. They've been rotating and/or platooning since Howard's return in September. Who will get the nod in the most important matches this summer? We'll give a slight edge to Howard just because there just really isn't much evidence to support either candidate.
Here's what the lineup could look like on Sunday: