The United States men's national team lost the first match of the Copa America Centenario to Colombia, 2-0. Now their attention turns to Costa Rica, who they take on at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
It's not a must-win, but chances of advancing to the knockout round drop precipitously with a loss or tie.
Here's who I think Jurgen Klinsmann will be utilizing tonight:
It's going to be the exact same lineup as in the loss to Colombia, much to the consternation of fans and pundits.
Brad Guzan will again be at keeper. The back line of Fabian Johnson, John Anthony Brooks, Geoff Cameron, and DeAndre Yedlin will contend with Costa Rica's attack. Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, and Alejandro Bedoya will be in the midfield. Bobby Wood, Clint Dempsey, and Gyasi Zardes will combine up top.
Why will we be seeing the same lineup again? Because based on post-match comments from Klinsmann and others, the United States didn't play that poorly against Colombia. Los Cafeteros' goals weren't flukes, but they didn't dominate the match. They are, after all, a top team in the world.
"I think the players, coming out of that game, they see, it was the number three [team] in the world, we can play with them, we can damage them," Klinsmann said. "It didn’t happen [on Friday], but, hopefully, next time."
While many people would like to see Darlington Nagbe and Christian Pulisic in place of some combination of Bradley, Dempsey, Zardes, Bedoya, or Jones, Klinsmann will most likely stick with his preferred players in the 4-3-3.
It is clear that if the U.S. is going to win (or score), then there needs to be more chemistry in the final third. Dempsey and Wood have yet to find themselves on the same wavelength, despite the former being very dangerous against Colombia and the latter currently on a goal scoring tear.
They'll be facing a weakened Costa Rica squad who is missing goalkeeper Keylor Navas with an injury and center back Kendall Waston who was sent off in their match against Paraguay.