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SSFC’s USMNT Diamond Lineup Project: The Results

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A surprising omission.

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Here we are once again. This time we’re shifting into the diamond. You guys voted on who you would start if the USMNT played in the 4-1-2-1-2 and here’s how the results came out:

(Here’s our 4-2-3-1 results for comparison’s sake)

GK: Tim Howard

Duh.

RB: DeAndre Yedlin

Duh.

CB’s: John Brooks & Geoff Cameron

Duh.

LB: Jorge Villafana

The Jorge Villafana kool-aid is plentiful and delicious. *Chris Jericho voice* DRINK IT IN, MAN.

CDM: Michael Bradley

LOL.

RM: Darlington Nagbe

While Christian Pulisic had the most votes for this position, Nagbe gets the spot because Pulisic was the leading vote-getter at another position and garnered a higher percentage of the vote. Thus, the next highest percentage, which is Nagbe, gets the nod.

LM: Fabian Johnson

Once again, the community has spoken. Fabian Johnson at his preferred position is where it’s at. Nagbe made a valiant run at it, but came up short at this spot.

CAM: Christian Pulisic

No. 10 at the No. 10. Yes please. Once again Clint Dempsey gets a good chunk of votes but not enough to win a spot. He’s not a bad guy to have off the bench, I guess.

ST’s: Jozy Altidore & Bobby Wood

Here we have the same situation as Pulisic. Bobby Wood was the leading vote-getter for both striker spots. For this spot, since it’s the same position, it makes sense to combine the percentages. That would give Jozy Altidore 62% and Clint Dempsey 43%, thus giving the spot to Jozy.

Final lineup:

The biggest omission is obviously Clint Dempsey. It was close, but the likely future USMNT goal king is relegated to the bench in the exercise. What do you think? Would this lineup win some matches? What are its flaws? Do you want to do this again with another formation? Let us know.