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Win and they are in.
It's really that simple for the U.S. men's national team as it faces Algeria on Wednesday in its final World Cup group match.
A draw could conceivably help the Americans qualify for the second round (if England loses or ties while not closing in on the two-goal edge the United States currently holds in goals scored), but all the Americans are thinking about going into the Algeria match is victory.
There is definitely a confidence in the USA camp heading into the match, no doubt sparked by the impressive rally to tie Slovenia. It is that attacking quality the Americans showed against Slovenia, coupled with Algeria's own desperate need to win, that has me believing the United States must attack from the start.
With that in mind, it's time to consider what starting lineup Bob Bradley will turn to in a match the Americans need to win. Here is the starting lineup I see taking the field at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday.
USA Projected lineup vs. Algeria
The other variation I could see used today is:
Ricardo Clark is also a real possibility to start ahead of Maurice Edu, but I think Edu gets the nod.
What lineup would you like to see against the Algeria? Like the USA's chances of winning on Wednesday?
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