Who should the USMNT start vs. Belgium?

Who should the USMNT start vs. Belgium?

World Cup 2014

Who should the USMNT start vs. Belgium?

Michael Bradley Omar Gonzalez Clint Dempsey

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By IVES GALARCEP

Omar Gonzalez or Geoff Cameron? Graham Zusi or Brad Davis or Mix Diskerud? Play Clint Dempsey as the lone forward for a third straight match or start either Chris Wondolowski or Aron Johannsson in a 4-4-2?

These are just some of the questions Jurgen Klinsmann must answer before Tuesday’s World Cup Round of 16 match with Belgium in Salvador.

Chief among these questions is which system will Klinsmann deploy? Does he stick with what was essentially a 4-1-4-1 against Germany, or does he start a second forward against a Belgium side with some serious injury concerns on defense?

So who will Klinsmann turn to? Here is one projected lineup we could see taking the field on Tuesday:

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP vs. BELGIUM

——————-Dempsey———————–

Zusi——–Jones——Bradley———Bedoya

——————Beckerman——————–

Beasley——Besler——-Gonzalez—Johnson

——————–Howard————————

Some thoughts on this lineup:

Gonzalez gets the call over Cameron to deal with the physical play of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Belgium is very dangerous on the wings and starting Zusi and Bedoya gives the U.S. the necessary work rate on the flanks to keep Belgium honest.

What do you think of this starting lineup?

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