Good afternoon folks. The highly-anticipated USA-England friendly is just two days away, meaning it is time to start seriously thinking about a starting lineup for the Americans.
Here are some things to consider before choosing a starting XI:
- DaMarcus Beasley started and played extremely well for Rangers on Saturday, meaning that he’s a good bet to start vs. England.
- Landon Donovan appears to be over the calf strain from a week ago.
- Maurice Edu has replaced Benny Feilhaber on the U.S. roster.
So what will the American lineup look like? Here’s a possible starting XI:
I know the name that folks will scratch their heads at is Eddie Johnson, but based on the match-up, and the options on the roster I’m not sure what else we could see. I considered a lineup with Donovan up top and Josh Wolff on the right wing, which might actually work better. I know folks won’t give Donovan much of a chance against the Rio-Terry center back tandem but his speed might be better served there than on the right flank, where he would match up against the equally speedy Ashley Cole. That said, I can see Johnson, if healthy, getting the call up top next to Fulham teammate and close friend Clint Dempsey.
What starting lineup would you like to see the U.S. national team use on Wednesday? Share your thoughts below.