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The U.S. men's national team is in South Africa preparing for the Confederations Cup and is now just a week away from facing off against Italy in its opening group match.
The showdown will come just three years after the teams played to an unforgettable 1-1 tie at the 2006 FIFA World Cup (the tournament Italy eventually went on to win).
There will be much less on the line when the team's meet on Monday, but that doesn't mean the game won't be an important test to see just where the U.S. team stands a year away from the 2010 World Cup.
The U.S. team's 2-1 victory against Honduras last Saturday helped provide some insight into what players just might get the call in the Confederations Cup opener. With that in mind, here is a potential starting lineup we could see against the defending world champions:
Projected USA lineup vs. Italy
Whether you want to call it a 4-3-3, like the team started out with against Costa Rica, or a 4-5-1, which is what it wound up looking more like, this is the group that seems like the best bet given form and ability.
Now it is your turn. What lineup would you like to see vs. Italy? Do you prefer a 4-4-2 with Altidore and Casey or Charlie Davies up top? Do you want to see Donovan at forward with Altidore? Ready to give Conor Casey another shot?
Share your lineup suggestions and thoughts on the U.S. national team's chances against Italy in the comments section below.