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After the pair of recent U.S. men's national team friendlies, it is tough not to think about what exactly is the strongest possible lineup Bob Bradley can field.
Bradley won't be needing to field a full-strength squad until next summer's Gold Cup, and the next possible chance to catch a glimpse of the strongest U.S. team will be next March (after Bradley admitted he would leave key players behind for the November friendly vs. South Africa).
Given what we saw this past week, what exactly is the strongest U.S. team possible? The reality is there aren't likely to be too many variations at this point. That could change considerably between now and next summer, but for right now the pool of players who merit serious consideration for the best possible U.S. team is relatively small.
So who makes up the best possible U.S. team right now? Here's my take:
PROJECTED USMNT LINEUP
So who missed out?
Clarence Goodson played well enough to this week to make you think he will be making a strong push for a spot, but I see Edu continuing to develop at the position.
And yes, this is the same lineup, except for Landon Donovan, that tied Poland last Saturday. This is true, but you have to figure Edu will improve as he plays more at centerback (or Goodson steps in) and Onyewu gets some games next year (a move away from AC Milan seems inevitable if he continues to ride the pine). With Edu and Onyewu sharper, and Donovan on the left instead of Feilhaber, this lineup could be pretty potent.
What do you think of this lineup? Which player is missing from the squad that you would include in your Best Possible Starting XI?
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