The results from the formation poll are in and the voting overall is complete. With 39% of the vote, the 4-2-3-1 as laid out below would be the preferred formation for the United States Men’s National Team.
If we assumed that we would take three Goalkeepers and two players at each position, this is how the 23-man roster would look:
Goalkeepers: Zack Steffen, Bill Hamid, Ethan Horvath
Defenders: DeAndre Yedlin, Shaq Moore, Antonee Robinson, Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Ream
Midfielders: Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Kellyn Acosta, Danny Williams, Christian Pulisic, Julian Green, Jonathan Amon, Paul Arriola, Timothy Weah, Kenny Saief
Forwards: Josh Sargent, Bobby Wood
This roster strikes a large resemblance to the roster currently in camp. Compared to who was called in for the November friendlies, only Bill Hamid, Danny Williams, Tim Ream, Jonathan Amon, Paul Arriola and Fabian Johnson are absent and one of them (Williams) is unavailable through injury.
One thing that sticks out is how young this roster would be. The average age of the starting 11 would be just 21 years old. The average age of the entire roster is 23 years old. It gets even younger in the attack. The average age of the three starting attacking midfielders and the starting striker would be 19 years old. The average age of all 8 attackers on the roster would be 21 years old. We would be expecting a very young group of players to create offense and win us a game.
Of the players on the 23 man roster, all of them play in various leagues in Europe or MLS. There would be six players from the Bundesliga (Sargent, Wood, Pulisic, McKennie, Brooks, Johnson), five players from Major League Soccer (Steffen, Hamid, Adams, Acosta, Arriola), three players from the Premier League (Yedlin, Ream, Williams), two players from the Belgian Pro League (Saief, Horvath), two players from Ligue 1 (Miazga, Weah), two players from the Championship (Robinson, Carter-Vickers), one player from the Segunda Division in Spain (Moore), one player from the Danish Superliga (Amon), and one from the 2. Bundesliga (Green).
So what are your thoughts? Would this team be capable of winning a big game right now? Hit the comment section to discuss.