Thursday, June 28, 2007

U.S. Starting XI

With Bob Bradley refusing to allow any press at U.S. training sessions, speculation is rife as journalists try to put together who might start against Argentina tonight. With this group of players not having played together (for the most part), as well as Bradley stating that he won't release his the names of starters until two hours before kickoff, the Latin American press is feverishly filling out their Mad Libs-like teamsheet.

As of now, these are the names that everybody has come up with:
Lining up in a 4-4-2 with Kasey Keller in goal; Jimmy Conrad and Marvel Wynne in defense; Benny Feilhaber, Justin Mapp, and Ricardo Clark in the middle; and Eddie Johnson up front.
I would expect Johnson to play up front as well, with either Taylor Twellman or Herculez Gomez joining him. Jonathan Bornstein should get the nod at left back, though I'm at a loss as to who might play in the middle with Conrad (Jay Demerit?). As for the last midfield slot, maybe any one of these guys (Eddie Gaven, Ben Olsen, Lee Nguyen) depending on what Bradley what's to accomplish tonight: go out and try to score goals or defend and hope to catch Argentina on the break.


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