After a very successful day out against St. Vincent, the U.S. will look to officially cinch passage to the Hex Tuesday night in Jacksonville against Trinidad & Tobago. Due to players returning from, and going on suspensions, as well as other roster shuffling, Jurgen Klinsmann will once again be forced into making changes when it seems like continuity is his main aim. So how do we think Klinsmann will set up his team?
It's no secret that this lineup might make more than a few people angry for a notable lack of Christian Pulisic or Sasha Kljestan, but since is a prediction of what Klinsmann might do, rather than what I'd want him to do, this is why the lineup looks the way it does.
Unless Klinsmann drops Fabian Johnson back to left back, then it will be hard to find a place for Pulisic to start. And with DeAndre Yedlin suspended, Klinsmann will have to improvise at right back. Geoff Cameron has played plenty at that position in his career, making his transition seamless. Since Omar Gonzalez has been in camp longer than Michael Orozco, that's why he will get the start over him alongside Steve Birnbaum.
In midfield, it is quite possible that Kyle Beckerman stays in to pair with Michael Bradley, pushing Alejandro Bedoya back to the right wing, but with Bedoya's growing proficiency at central midfield, it makes sense to get him more minutes there at the national team level. Both he and Bradley can share in more of the defensive responsibilities and pick and choose their times to go forward. Graham Zusi has always been a Klinsmann favorite, which is why he starts on the right wing. There's going to be no surprises up front with a Bobby Wood/Jozy Altidore strike partnership.
Could Klinsmann easily throw a change-up and dramatically shuffle the decks? Easily, because this game is going to be much more difficult than facing St. Vincent. But as evidenced by his selections during the Copa America Centenario, his main goal is evidently continuity, and with this lineup he has as much continuity as he possibly can get.
What do you think Klinsmann will do Tuesday night? Post your lineups in the comments below.