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Who Should the US Start Against Australia?

The US national soccer team poses for a photograph before their international friendly soccer match in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

This Saturday marks the last tune up match the United States have before they take the field June 12 against England in their World Cup opener.  After four years of building his squad, Bradley still has some questions that still need to be cleared up before the South African campaign begins.  Here is my lineup.  It allows the establish players to gain more cohesion as group and at the same time it provides Bradley with a few answers.  Feel free to post your starting 11.

ForwardsJozy Altidore and Herculez Gomez

In the last match Jozy started to show signs of what all US fans hoped he would be after a season in the Premiership. Give the big man another run out to help him find his game.  After the disappointing end to his season at Hull City, he needs as much confidence as possible.  As for his partner I choose Gomez.  Robbie Findley only improved his chances of seeing the field June 12th, but we need to see what Gomez can bring as a starter. He is an established entity as a super sub, and my reasoning is that he has had a better season, in a more competitive league than Findley. Show us what you got Herc!

Midfielders:  Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jose Francisco Torres, Landon Donovan

Torres skill in the Turkey match was a revelation to all watching.  It was what we all wanted to see since the loss of Claudio Reyna and John O’Brien, but can he do it for the full 90, that is my question and that is what I want to see on Saturday. I would trade Maurice Edu for Michael Bradley at the half to see how that combo works in midfield, and I would also like to see Beasley and Holden come in for Deuce and Donovan later on as I feel this guys all have the potential to be subs that can come in and score, something the US has lone needed.

DefendersCarlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Jay Demerit, Steve Cherundolo

This is it for Gooch; show us that you have fully recovered. Allay all the fears that US fans had after seeing him get beat in the Czech match; build on the solid showing you had in the Turkey.  The same can be said for Bocanegra, prove your match fitness.  We have been hearing everything is ok all training camp, show us fellas.  Lastly, with having Cherundolo as the right back it would give the US a chance to work on covering him when he bombs up the right, something that Demerit and Bradley had trouble to doing in the early stages of the last match when Spector was in.  If Bocanegra can’t go the full 90 I would like to see Spector come in as a left back sub, as Bornstein showed me that he was incapable up handling the speed of the international game.

 Let’s hope Australia puts out a strong team so we can see what our boys are capable of and if they have learned anything from their previous matches.

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  1. Brandon

    June 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

    We need a 0-0 draw against England. Let’s put a defensive lineup out:

    Cherundolo – Demerit – Gooch – Goodson – Boca
    Spector – Edu – Clark – Torres

    (If you couldn’t tell, this is a joke)

  2. eplnfl

    June 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Bradley has to put onto the pitch those 11 who he will start against England. This is the last warm up there is no more time to experiment. I must admit that Torres and Findley were very impressive last week. do you want to start both of them or bring them on later in the game.

  3. Jack

    June 3, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I like your starting line-up but I am not sure who I would start up front with Jose Altidore. It would have to be whoever is looking the best in practice I think then do some experimentation in the second half.

  4. Jason Gatties

    June 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I agree with 10 of the 11 starters. I would start Goodson, but I understand giving Jay a look.

  5. short passes

    June 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Please BB start the above lineup!!! Especially the midfield and defense. Torres the creator and Bradley the enforcer. No more juggling please !!!!

    • James Stevens

      June 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      I think Torres/Bradley is the way to go in the midfield unless BB decides to play very defensively against England and count on the wingers to advance the ball.

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