Nobody will ever accuse Jurgen Klinsmann of being too conservative. The German has taken a chance yet again, this time in a key World Cup qualifier on the road, by starting Omar Gonzalez and Danny Williams against Honduras.
Gonzalez may be a choice more by default than anything else. Carlos Bocanegra has not been fit and may not be a good option as a result, forcing Gonzalez into the lineup because he can deal with Carlo Costly's physicality. Meanwhile, Williams has been in horrible form for his club, but he is a favorite of Klinsmann's and played well for the U.S. late in 2012 so he will still start anyways.
The surprises for Honduras are that Osman Chavez and Jorge Claros will both be on the bench, but that's not too shocking. Elsewhere, the team is largely as expected with Mario Martinez and Boniek Garcia getting the nods on the wings with Emilio Izaguirre and Andy Najar injured.
Honduras starting lineup: Noel Valladares; Arnold Peralta, Victor Bernárdez, Maynor Figueroa, Juan Carlos García; Boniek Garcia, Roger Espinoza, Luis Garrido, Mario Martínez; Jerry Bengtson, Carlo Costly
United States starting lineup: Tim Howard; Fabian Johnson, Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, Timothy Chandler; Eddie Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Danny Williams; Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore
It's the first qualifier of the Hex and a great opportunity for the U.S. to earn a point. Join in and share your thoughts in the comments because it's time to book a spot for Brazil 2014.
Here. We. Go.