Livestrong Or Die: TSG’s USA vs. Guadeloupe Preview Lite

Not the way Bob Bradley and company planned it arriving at the third group stage game in Gold Cup 2011.

The setting for what is a more important game than what was hoped...

With now three games in eight days, this was to be a chance for the key US  regulars to get a respite before the knockout rounds of the tournament.

Instead the Yanks need to show up to Livestrong Park for Tuesday’s final group stage Gold Cup match against Guadeloupe with a win on their mind. The customary starters, with the expectation, that they’ll take the pitch at the whistle.

The dissection of the States by Panama has created quite a bit of uncertainty.

As we acknowledged Saturday, probably every future opponent this June took notice to the game plan used by Panama manager Julio Dely Valdés to punish the Yanks lack of width, central midfield challenges and inexperience in central defense.

Guadeloupe here in the final game presents a challenge not unlike Algeria did in the final group stage game for the World Cup. They’ve got nothing to lose now having dropped their two first matches and they’ve got just enough panache–coming back both a man down and three goals for the worse against Panama to nearly even things and then playing Canada tight thoughout–to make things more than interesting.

A brief reprieve for the States in at least Guadeloupe does not outright subscribe to a pack-it-in strategy and with the Yanks challenged to score in anything but the counter and set pieces that’s a good thing…we think.

Let’s get to our customary preview. It goes

About The Opponent: Guadeloupe

TSG What Are We Looking For/At

11 At The Whistle



About The Opponent: Guadeloupe

Charlton favorite Therry Racon--here fighting off Canadian Ali Gerba--is the one to watch for Guadeloupe. He'll be flying down Dolo's flank...

Guadeloupe plays a very free flowing brand of soccer that can sometimes leave their backline exposed. Twice in two games this season, they’ve dropped to ten men–in just the 3rd minute against Canada on Saturday–as someone on their backline has committed a foul in defense and been sent off.

Guadeloupe doesn’t have a typical formation, over the past year they’ve used a 4-1-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 and a 4-4-2. Most recently against Canada they matched up in a 4-4-2 while against Panama they went 4-2-3-1 looking for width–the latter perhaps particularly disturbing in that Bob Bradley surely watched how Guadeloupe attacked the 4-4-2 of Panama with a 4-2-3-1 and didn’t follow suit. Both times as well as in their lead-up games to the tourney, Guadeloupe has not matched its opponents formation.

More here shortly….

TSG: What Are We Looking For?

• Will Bob Bradley change the formation?

Can Donovan be as spritely as he was ten years ago?

The crux of Bob Bradley changing his formation will be predicated more on his defensive posture rather than on “freeing Landon Donovan” or “springing Jozy Altidore.”

I think US fans will get a formation change from Bradley in this one for a singular reason: his central midfield on the counter was completely stretched in the first half Saturday evening.

Whether it was Donovan making a run then having to rush to catch-up or Jozy Altidore dropping for Clint Dempsey after the latter cut inside, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones seemed confused as to how far up to come and hold their midfield line.

Bradley and Jones continually faced the riddle of: “Should I drop deep and support the backline or should I come up and close on the opponent?”

The John Harkesian point of “a team needs to move as one” was never more resounding than with the States on Saturday.

Expect Bradley to morph both the actors and the pieces on the field on Tuesday with Clint Dempsey as the fulcrom.

I imagine you’ll see Dempsey used as a withdrawn striker. The US will defend in a 4-4-2, but on offense look for Donovan and one of Sacha Kljestan, Alejandro Bedoya or Robbie Rogers out wide with Dempsey choosing his spot to float behind Jozy Altidore ahead of him.

The US should be careful though as Guadeloupe has proven they can react well to different game plans and still compete a man down. Too much unfamiliarity or confusion from the Yanks and Les Gwada Boys could capitalize.

• Might Clint Dempsey be hanging on by just a thread right now?

This guy needs to keep *this* up...

Oh about the 30th minute against Panama, an exasperated Clint Dempsey threw his hands up in the air, beckoning to his teammates to move, as he was staving off a tackle attempt and looking to find a man. Only Michael Bradley consistently came to Dempsey’s rescue Saturday.

Right now, the States is certainly looking like a one-trick Deuce pony when it’s not playing on the counter.

Bradley can’t continue to rely on Dempsey and conversely Dempsey needs–as he has to date–to continue to attack.

Dempsey might be deployed differently, but too much ball watching occurs when he has it. That has to stop.

• Looking for culpability around slow starts? How about continuing to make mistakes put continuing to start–no threat of a benching equals no sense of urgency equals complacency and mistkaes.

Is Jermaine Jones a candidate be dropped for his poor performance while Jozy Altidore  is not?

Looks very likely on the Jones-Altidore front.

It’s easy to see Bradley’s continued usage of Altidore up top; whether one agrees with it or not.

Where does he go? Altidore has a US hat trick, a World Cup, a tour in Europe under his belt. Does he have poor body language, poor decision-making, inconsistent play and a penchant to give up on defense from time to time? Yes and you get the picture. However Agudelo has not shown he has the mettle yet and it’s clear that Wondolowski is still adjusting to the speed of play.

There are little, nay zero, non-risky options.

Jones? If Bradley hates anything it’s poor defense and not pursuing play and the German-American was guilty of both on Saturday evening. Jones’ passes are not “on” lately and inserting Edu would create more definition around his (destroyer) and Michael Bradley’s role (distributor).

That said, while Bradley risks losing Altidore’s focus if he’s benched, should that matter? When punishment for a lag in on field focus and complacency doesn’t happen, how does that set a precedent. Bob Bradley is revered as a player’s coach–though selective player’s coach Jose Torres would argue. A coach whose “got your back.”

But there is a flip side to that–as US fans witnessed with Oguchi Onyewu at the World Cup. There is a point when that faith is taken advantage of or doesn’t send the right message. I’m not going so far as to say it’s happening now, but….


11 at the Whistle (Who Bob Bradley will likely select)

The US last deployed Dempsey in a starting role up top against Turkey in 2010's Send Off Series. The US, as Bradley acknowledged in the presser afterward, were challenged in maintaining possession over the top with the pair. The Yanks found their rhythm in the second half of their 2-1 win that day with a 4-4-2.

G: Tim Howard

DEF: Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Tim Ream, Carlos Bocanegra

The skinny: In looking over the tape, Bob Bradley probably saw was an ill-advised isolated defensive manuveur by Ream and a few minor errors–including not stepping enough centrally.

Most of the pressure put on Goodson and Ream was because of shoddy stand-up or face-up defending a little further up the pitch.
After wavering back and forth, I’ll go out on a limb and say the central back pairing–and the backline–remain the same.

CDM: Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley

The skinny: I think Jones pays for his Panama efforts with his spot. He’s a little fatigued and drew the ire of Tim Howard. Maurice Edu, you’re up. Can you impress?

Just play defense and complete passes and you’ll do your job.

MID: Sacha Kljestan, Landon Donovan

The skinny:  Bradley would love to insert Stu Holden or Benny Feilhaber here, but neither is coming to the rescue. Bradley tried Kljestan out on the wing against Spain and he uses Kljestan here as a tucked in midfielder to held out Bradley or Edu’s cover over the left central flank.

FWD: Clint Dempsey

STR: Jozy Altidore

The skinny: Agudelo gets a breather early on and frees up space up top for Altidore and Dempsey to play more vertically.


• The backline turns over (no pun intended). Bornstein enters for Ream, Boca slides to the interior

Odds: 35%

» The skinny: Thought the central back pairing would be this one for Canada above.

Bocanegra is a liability outside and Tim Ream has played three games in eight days and this would have been his fourth in eleven days, probably needs a break. Less so for his error on Saturday. Bet on Bradley keeping his captain on the field.

Is Bornstein injured? We’ll find out. Perplexing that in a game that Bradley knew he needed width, neither lefty of Robbie Rogers or Jonathan Bornstein made the bench.

• Bedoya over Kljestan on the wing.

Odds: 35%

» The skinny: Bradley goes with the hot hand instead of his more time-honored selection.

39 responses to this post.

  1. Tough choices to make. Great insights at such an unsure time.

    Guessing that Guadeloupe starts in a 4-2-3-1 anticipating that we play a 4-4-2 but we come out in a 4-4-1-1 as above (though somewhat semantics right?)

    The backline is certainly tough to call. I feel like we will see Lichaj or Bornstein out wide. Total guess but we still would be vastly unbalanced as above. Don’t know if that means Ream sits or Boca but it would give one of them some rest. (Oddly though he is the captain, Boca may be more likely to sit). Or could it be that Goodson sits and its a Ream/Boca pairing? I think we are going out to be the aggressors in this one and Ream will be in that backline for distribution.

    As far as up top. Demps withdrawn, Agudelo ahead, from the whistle. I think they work off one another better. (They think very similar). Agudelo maintains possession better than Jozy and works his butt off pressing.

    Neither Altidore or Agudelo are target men. I do not care if Jozy has that strong body. Agudelo can withstand the hits and keep going. Is Guadeloupe’s backline that imposing anyway? Wouldn’t cuts and runs off of the ball be more effective against them and force free kicks in dangerous positions? How did Panama build that 3-0 lead in the first place? What was their strategy? In this match we are out to dictate play from the start (though “in a smart way” another BB fav saying); Hope to build a lead and then bring in the subs to rest guys; not leave a creative force on the bench to be a late spark. I just feel because of the role Bradley tasked Agudelo with in previous matches and lack of a final ball to reach him, he hasn’t shown all that he can bring. I do not think it is a huge risk, but yes a minor one and Altidore is probably more likely to start, but should he?


    • Posted by chazcar2 on 2011/06/14 at 8:59 AM

      Alot of my problems with the 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1 is that they way we end up playing is still 4-2-2-2. You can’t put a formation out there and not expect people to drift to where they like to play. That’s way tactically its important to have not necessarily your best 11 on the field to get the best result out of a formation. Now if I wanted to get my best 11 on the field I would run something different. For the people currently on the roster I feel like a 3-4-3 might be best. Maybe something like this?


      Maybe Altidore instead of Agudelo? Bornstien instead of Bedoya? Edu instead of Kljestan? Gooch instead of any defender?


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/13 at 6:49 PM

    I’m probably off. Given that Ream would be playing his fourth game in, what 11 days, it’s a good at least excuse to sit him.

    Same with Boca playing his 3rd in 8 days–good reason to move him centrally.


  3. Posted by dikranovich on 2011/06/13 at 8:09 PM

    im going to go out on a limb and say there is zero chance the captain sits in the most importaint game of this tournament, to this point anyway. keep deuce out wide, move sacha into the central attacking spot and get junior and jones playing together. isnt it obvious that agudelo is much better coming off the bench.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/13 at 8:18 PM

      Agree on Boca — no chance he sits. I like Deuce out wide to start actually — he reads the game there and doesn’t get beat up.

      Not sure about Jones right now given his defense. Agudelo off the bench is not that guy long term I don’t think, but could work.


      • Posted by Colin on 2011/06/14 at 4:39 AM

        Agudelo long term starter agreed…but right now, his best performances by far have come off the bench. Its a small sample size, but its true nevertheless.

        If I want to make a comparison…its like Soloman Kalou a few years ago…he looked dangerous every time he came off the bench in the 65th minute or so, but whenevver he was a starter, he didnt look a threat barely ever. Not that he was doing anything different…its just that those same things werent so hard for defenders to deal with early in the match…and by the time the defenders were slowing down..Kalou was ready to be subbed out anyways.


        • I don’t quite buy the Agudelo off the bench track record. Each of his appearances seem to be in different situations, different lineups, etc. None of his performances have been enormously different from one another. Goals probably isn’t the best way to judge his performances either, due to lack of service or connection amongst the team at times.

          Here are Agudelo’s appearances:

          South Africa: Sub 61′ w/ Bunbury (B team) Goal!
          Chile: Sub 60′ (w/ Bunbury also subbed in) (B team) Earns PK – Bunbury Goal
          Argentina: Sub 46′ w/ Altidore
          Paraguay: Start w/ Altidore then 60′ w/ Demps
          Spain: Start w/ Altidore (B team)
          Canada: Start w/ Altidore
          Panama: Start w/ Altidore

          It is interesting that all of his starts have been with Altidore. Maybe the interplay between the two of them is more the driving force behind the “starts v. subs” debate. With another uptempo possession type player in Demps could it be different? In that Paraguay match Altidore had a horrible game. Glad he has played better.


          • Posted by Colin on 2011/06/14 at 8:45 AM

            He also scored a goal as a sub against Argentina…so in 3 sub appearances and a total of about 100 minutes played…he scored 2 and drew a PK in another.

            In 4 starts and 280 minutes…he has scored 0 and has gone 90 minutes only once…he came out around 60 minutes in the 3 other starts. Beyond just scoring, he has not looked nearly as dangerous in his starts than he did in his appearances as a sub.


        • I think the question of who starts more comes down to what is the overall gameplan. If we were playing a superior team I would say it makes sense to start either the 4-4-2 with Altidore/Agudelo or Demps/Altidore and do our usual grind away then attack 2nd half.

          But in this match we are the superior team. We should be going out and dictating and looking to attack right away. I personally feel Agudelo and Demps are our best attacking combo. Yes Agudelo may be the closest player we have to a second half impact sub (better than Altidore in that respect), but we shouldn’t be playing to wait for that spark till late. Bury them early.

          Ultimately we don’t have a great striker, we have Agudelo and Altidore. In the relative comparison Agudelo brings better possession and crucially better pressing. Demps and Agudelo may be able to pin the other team back in their end more effectively.


        • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 9:42 AM

          Why are we so sure he’s a long-term starter? Is his professional record really that much more spectacular than his peers? Heck, at the same age it’s worse than Jozy’s was.


  4. Posted by Jake C. on 2011/06/13 at 8:46 PM

    Good points, but we’ll see about Edu. I think he could have been effective against Panama in hindsight; that closing speed would have really helped against their counterattack. I’d love to see Kjlestan in that CM role, but seems more likely, as you say, that BB will start him out wide.

    I’d like to see a Deuce/Agudelo combo up top. Saw it live vs. Paraguay and was impressed. I think with our current crop of forwards, Dempsey is the ideal strike partner for any of them, as they either don’t have the international experience (Wondo, Juan) or the confidence (Jozy) to form an effective pairing to date.


  5. Posted by FulhamPete on 2011/06/13 at 9:46 PM

    I’d like to see Bobbo recognize the importance of scoring goals in this match and go very aggresive with a 4-3-3 (4-3-1-2).

    Bedoya and Sacha have both earned these spots from their recent play, and I don’t think Edu OR Jones should be in right now.


    • Posted by Dan on 2011/06/14 at 1:03 AM

      I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d like to see that lineup. I would love to come out aggressive, but given our poor start to the last game, I think we’ll be looking to dictate the game early and impose our will on Guadeloupe before possibly switching to a more offensive mindset. We had some suspect touches and deliveries out of midfield on Saturday so I’d bet on a more possession oriented formation, at least until we get our feet beneath us. If we hit the second half tied or behind, would love the guts to go to a 4-3-3. At that point, given your projected personnel, I think we’d see Bedoya subbed out for Agudelo, who moves up top and slides Donovan back to outside mid where he can work the wings with space.

      Let’s just hope our boys come out of the gates hot tonight and we don’t have to worry too much about adjusting tactics to inspire a change. I’m nervous enough as it is without having to worry about changing a bunch of things.


  6. Posted by dikranovich on 2011/06/13 at 9:51 PM

    excuse me for being short, because im nevernervous for pops bradley, but panama did not score a goal on the counter, they scored from a set piece and a pk, no? jones needs to man up, this is his test and if he fails, we get a new coach, or we sub him if he is miserable, which he has not been, thusfar in gold cup. not for nothing, but at this point it would be nice to have one of either findley or davies. im not happy with lehigh on the left, but maybe that is best, with boca and goodson in the middle. donovan is the one that really also needs to man up. he should talk less to the official and maybe a little more to his team mates. my guess is that if the end is near for coach bradley, then his son will step up and be the next captain for the usa. he really probably should be anyway, but that would just be too much for some people. im just venting here, im sorry, please forgive me.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/13 at 10:39 PM

      Agree on Findley, Davies for sure. Don’t agree on Jones. Although he could turn it around all in one game.


      • Rewatched first 45 of the Panama match last night and something struck me. How many matches do you think J. Jones has played in 85 degree humid weather over the course of his career? He had the look of a player not at all comfortable with the conditions. I’m guessing that’s a factor in his performance and for his ongoing selection.


    • Posted by Dan on 2011/06/14 at 1:09 AM

      Agreed that some of our guys need to step up today. It’s put up or shut up time. No more free passes, you can’t coast through CONCACAF anymore. And I’m not sure Jones is worthy of another start. A starting spot on the bench might make a statement to get his game stepped up. I think he’s honestly played worse each and every time he’s put on the US shirt. Is Edu the guy who gets the start? Unsure. It will depend on what formation we go with. If Dempsey slides up top, then yes Edu probably sees a starting spot for Jones for me. But if we keep Deuce out wide in the midfield, I think Sacha gets that one free midfield spot. But either way, I like Sacha’s play right now and he gets a start from me.


  7. Posted by Berniebernier on 2011/06/14 at 6:26 AM

    Just curious if I am the only person here who thinks that Jones’ struggles are somewhat MB90 and/or Coach Sweats fault. By all accounts and what I watched Jones played well enough at Blackburn. Now with the USMNT he struggles. My gut says that this is in part to the deployment of dual “destroyers” as MB90 sits very deep at times. This seems to confuse Jones as to when he is supposed to be the creator and when he should be the destroyer particularly when the US offense sputters. Not sure if that’s a MB90 issue or a Coach Sweats issue.

    Would love to see Sacha in CM tonight and have a more clearly defined “creator” and “destroyer” role for our two central MFs.

    That said I think Sasha and Jones is an equally good combo. Maybe not tonight but going forward.


    • Posted by Dan on 2011/06/14 at 6:44 AM

      I don’t see Jones’ problems as created by either Bradley. I’ve never noticed such a poor touch while watching a professional game as I did with Jones on Saturday. Every ball he tried to settle ended up 10 yards away from him and we lost possession. And his distribution was awful, his passes hardly found their target. He needs to improve that first touch before I would ever go blaming positioning for his struggles.

      I do love the kid and I think he’ll be around for many years, but tonight I throw Sacha in for the start over Jones.


      • Posted by chazcar2 on 2011/06/14 at 8:44 AM

        Remember that jones is not a “kid”. He is 27. He is the oldest central midfielder on the team. He should be in his prime. He isn’t going to get any better. He is hear to give us experience and skill. Not to learn how to play. Which is why I consider him a waste or a roster spot. Building a central midfield is most important for the future. If Jones isn’t going to be instant good than he isn’t needed. We could keep building Edu and Bradley.


        • Posted by chazcar2 on 2011/06/14 at 8:45 AM

          Here not hear, man I hate it when that happens.


        • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/06/14 at 9:00 AM

          He’s 29, actually. He’s probably not going to play a huge role for us come 2014, especially if Stu can get healthy.


        • Posted by Dan on 2011/06/14 at 11:07 AM

          I just call every player kid pretty much, I didn’t mean to say he’s actually just a kid ha sorry that came off weird surely. I do think he’s got a few good years in him yet, just right now he’s having a rough spell. Which is why I don’t like him starting tonight, Sacha proved to be in form the other day, Bedoya had some good run as well. It’s a tournament, so the hottest hand prevails. Let’s just hope Bob reads it like we see it.

          And I agree x1000 with Ufficio that if Holden were healthy, we’d be having less discussions about our central midfield and instead could focus on our lack of finishing at the front. Yes our back line needs to improve from Saturday if we want to win today, but we can’t win without finishing a few chances.


  8. Posted by Shawn on 2011/06/14 at 6:44 AM

    I am not sure what Bradley will do. I imagine small minor changes. Something like bringinging in Kljestan or Edu for Jones and calling it done. I think Dempsey likely starts outwide. Moving him up top is easier to do than moving him back to the midfield.

    Two options that I would like to see.

    1) Kljestan for Jones. Dempsey up top. Bedoya out wide. Everytime Bedoya steps on the field he seems to spark at least one good run. With more minutes it would see that could improve. He is also one that looks to create off of Dempsey.

    2) Edu for Jones. Dempsey stays wide. Bring in Adu to pair with Altidore. Effectivly creating a 4 2 3 1 with Adu in the center. This one isn’t likely and I’m not sure its even wise. Its more of a fan of the US team wanting Adu to be that central creater. He just may not have it.

    Mostly I’m interested in seeing option one.

    More likely imo, Bradley stays pretty close to his regular line up. He changes Jones for either Kljestan or Edu and then has the option of briging in either the other as a sub. His preference would probably be to bring in Edu. Then he has sub options at half time based on match ups of Kljestan wide or CM. Dempsey uptop or wide. Bedoya wide or Kljestan wide. This gives him the more flexible line up. Starting Dempsey up top, starting Kljestan at either outside mid or CM and starting Bedoya all limit his options a bit more for adjustments, I think.


  9. Just say no to 2DMs. That is all.


    • Posted by Izzy on 2011/06/14 at 8:51 AM

      I kind of agree. We’ve kept and moved the ball better when we’ve played three central midfielders, and a shape similar to what was shown in the post is what we played well in.

      Just one nitpick – I think Jozy and Clint will stay as high up the field as is depicted, but switch the side they’re on. Jozy loves drifting wide, or horizantally as you said, and doing so at the World Cup dragged defenders out of position and made space for Dempsey and Donovan( see the first goal against Slovenia).


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/14 at 11:11 AM

        Izzy — on Jozy/Clint. Not sure on that one for two reasons.

        One, everytime Clint moves up he usually trails Jozy off to the left.

        Last time Clint starter Jozy worked the right channel. A better question may be do Kljestan and Donovan flip flop. Kljestan is more protected on the right but Donovan would go forward on the left and leave a lot open.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 9:43 AM

      The more nuanced “Just say no to two DMs without a third central creative midfielder” is clunkier but probably more correct.


  10. Posted by Travis McKil on 2011/06/14 at 9:06 AM


    Would love to see this although Edu seems to be the consensus. In this game no way you start Jones unless you don’t trust your son to play the position. There is no reason to put another defensive-minded middie out there against Guadaloupe so why not play the hot hands at our “deepest position” and give our real scoring option(s) some freedom to roam. Agudelo if we need him. Bring in Wondolowski for a confidence boost if we come out hot, not with 3 points on the line.


  11. Posted by chavftw on 2011/06/14 at 9:19 AM

    Why do you call MB a CDM instead of a CM?


    • Posted by Travis McKil on 2011/06/14 at 10:01 AM

      He is a very balanced player but he is more of a Roy Keane than a Edgar Davids, Xavi, insert your favorite balanced player here imo.


  12. Posted by Berniebernier on 2011/06/14 at 9:50 AM

    Calling Bradley a CDM stems from the fact that his bias is clearly defense first (probably 70-30 in my mind) and he tends to only move forward on a run. Ideally I would like to see one more defense (sort of how Bradley plays now) and one more offensive (Klejsian, Bedoya, etc). This even applies to a 4-2-3-1. Particularly against a non-top team (top 8) or ina holding the lead position we need to get 5 forward. If our strikers were better we could afford 4 in attack but the two JAs aren’t in the Messi, Tevez, Eto’o, goal scorer category.


  13. Posted by Izzy on 2011/06/14 at 9:51 AM

    Where do you guys make these lineup diagrams like the one in this post?


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  15. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/06/14 at 10:29 AM

    Still no width in your projected formation. I’m sensing Bedoya/Rogers on the left and/or a change at LB.


  16. I second (third?) the prediction of a change at LB. I’m thinking Boca goes into the middle for Ream; Bornstein replaces Boca. Can’t see Lichaj leapfrogging Jonny B quite yet. Having an LB like Bornstein/Lichaj who can push up the left flank will open up lots of space, plus I think, with so much on the line, Bob Bradley will be willing to lose Ream’s distribution skills in favor of a more defensively solid CB pair.


  17. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/14 at 11:58 AM

    Agree with all the comments on a new leftback. Ream has played the most minutes of anyone over the past 11 days.


  18. […] What will the lineup look like? For the first time, I really have no idea. The first two starting groups have been close to predictions, but it’s hard to tell what Bradley will do tonight. Many are predicting major changes like a start for Sasha Kljestan, a benching of Tim Ream, and Jozy Altidore starting as the lone striker. I can certainly see Bradley trying to spark something with a lineup change, but this team needs an attitude adjustment more than a tactical one. I’d keep the 4-4-2 look that this squad is most comfortable in, shifting Clint Dempsey up top and starting Alejandro Bedoya as a wing midfielder. Jermaine Jones probably reserved his bench spot with his tantrum upon being subbed out against Panama, so look for Maurice Edu to start as a holding mid. I would keep Ream and Goodson in the middle to show the young pairing a little confidence after a shaky match. Alas, it’s Bradley’s team and we’ll probably see something closer to what the Shin Guardian has predicted. […]


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