After an underwhelming draw versus Venezuela, the United States will look to rebound versus a weaker Trinidad & Tobago team.
For this game, the U.S. needs to avoid falling into the same habits we saw them fall into versus Venezuela. With knowing that, this is why they will go with a more balanced attack.
Here is the lineup I believe the U.S. will go with versus Trinidad & Tobago.
Let’s first start with the goalkeeper and defense.
Tim Howard is the best goalie in this team and that is why he is starting. With important World Cup qualifiers coming up, the U.S. needs Howard in top form.
With John Brooks shook up from the last fixture, he is on the bench and Matt Hedges takes his place. Brooks and Geoff Cameron are the best two centre-backs the U.S. has, but Hedges is not too far from them.
At outside back, the U.S. is rolling with DeAndre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson. Johnson, who was in the midfield last game will be set back into the defense. These two are the perfect outside backs, the position suits Johnson better than the midfield. They both have the tendency to help out in attack and serve balls into the box. Their play at this position is a trait all teams wish they had.
The introduction of Kellyn Acosta in the midfield should come as no surprise. He might be the best defensive midfielder on this team and will give Michael Bradley the freedom to roam around.
On the outside, Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe will be attacking the opposing outside backs at will. Pulisic is by far the best player on this team and outside mid/winger is his best position. Having a player like him on the outside makes the forwards lives a lot easier as he serves them on a silver platter.
Lastly, up front, the U.S. is going with the all too familiar duo of Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore. Dempsey has the chance to break the record in this game and Altidore is a good compliment to the way he plays. Last game, Dempsey and Bobby Wood kept looking to do the same thing. Altidore is a totally different player and his style compliments a player like Dempsey very well.
The U.S. should beat these kinds of teams all the time. It is important for them to go into this game and get some goals and more importantly, get some confidence going into the World Cup qualifiers. With this lineup, they should have no problem winning. Here is to hoping the U.S. approaches this game with the same mindset and wins.