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Who Should Start for the USMNT Against Mexico?

  • Cody Maggard

After the roster release on Wednesday, which is composed of mostly MLS players, the question Jurgen Klinsmann faces is who should be in the starting XI? The United States Men’s National Team will play Mexico on April 2; the first match with El Tri since the continuation of “Dos A Cero” last September in Columbus, which clinched a World Cup spot for the US.

AP Photo

AP Photo

So, if Klinsmann wants to use the usual 4-2-3-1 formation it will most likely look like this:

Nick Rimando (GK)

Brad Evans (RB) Matt Besler (CB) Omar Gonzalez (CB) DaMarcus Beasley (LB)

Michael Bradley (CDM) Kyle Beckerman (CDM)

Landon Donovan (RM) Clint Dempsey (CAM) Graham Zusi (LM)

Chris Wondolowski (ST)

This lineup has 8 potential World Cup starters in it, and should give the US a good chance to win. It could look a bit different if Jurgen Klinsmann wants to experiment with players. Brad Evans is coming off a calf injury, so if he doesn’t make the start look for Michael Parkhurst to be slotted in for him. The holding midfield of Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman seems pretty well set for this match. Both players are experienced, and provide excellent service in the attack. Klinsmann could use Maurice Edu in place of Bradley or Beckerman though, as it will give Edu a final chance to make a case for a World Cup spot. The wide midfielders of Zusi and Donovan should provide fantastic attacking play for the US, too. Both players are specialists in and around the midfield, and can unlock defenses with their passes. However, Klinsmann could play Brad Davis on the left if he wanted to give him a look, or Luis Gil. Chris Wondolowski should get the start against Mexico, because he has been on a complete tear for the US of late. Eddie Johnson could also get the nod, but Wondo deserves a start for this match.

Winning the game should be Jurgen Klinsmann’s first goal on Wednesday, and he should be able to do this while also giving bubble players an opportunity. This is the final US game before World Cup prep begins in May; which gives some MLS players a last gasp to make the 23 man roster for Brazil.

Sports-Kings contributor Cody Maggard @CodyMaggard10

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