Coach Bob Bradley has some decisions to make for his starting 11. Just picking the right mix of starters could give one team an edge over the other. Bradley has to take into consideration numerous factors when selecting his squad such as: fitness, form, speed, health, endurance, adaptibility, etc.
Here is my starting 11 going with a basic 4-4-2:
Goalkeeper: Tim Howard
Defense: Left Back – Carlos Bocanegra, Right Back – Steve Cherundolo, in the center I would go with Jay DeMerit and Oguchi Onyewu.
A lot of fans of the US are down on Cherundolo, but I like him back there. I think he is the best option on the right. Cherundolo is consistent and reliable. Jonathan Spector looked shaky in the 1st half against Turkey.
Midfield: Besides between the pipes this is possibly the strength of the US team. The biggest decision to make is where to play Clint Dempsey. Does he play up-top or out wide? I would like to see Dempsey in a role where he can roam and fine the ball.
Just for the purpose of this blog I feel the mids should be from right to left: Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Jose Torres, and Clint Dempsey.
Jose Torres provides the US with some one who can control the ball and set the pace of play. The United States has not had someone that can do this since Claudio Reyna retired.
Maurice Edu is a possible starter in the middle depending on what Bradley wants to do.
Up top: Jozy Altidore is a lock, but his strike partner is tough. Do you go with speed? If so, then Robbie Findley should play withdrawn and use his speed to play off of Altidore’s passes.