With the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup now upon us, the U.S. men's national team will need to find the right mix of players to help it navigate what will be a tough road to the Gold Cup Final, a road that begins on Sunday against Jamaica at RFK Stadium.
Though the United States only managed a 1-0 victory against a weak Guadeloupe side, there were enough promising signs from that group to make that starting lineup the foundation for the squad Bob Bradley will start against Jamaica.
So who will Bradley turn to in the first match of the Gold Cup knockout rounds? Here's the lineup I can see him turning to:
Some thoughts on the lineup:
Alejandro Bedoya is the change from the Guadeloupe match. He has shown so much energy and attacking initiative that he makes sense as the spark in the U.S. lineup. It also means Clint Dempsey starting up top for the United States, something many have been wanting to see for some time.
This lineup can also morph into a 4-5-1, with Bedoya playing underneath Altidore, and Dempsey on the right.
Eric Lichaj gets another start after a strong outing against Guadeloupe, though Jamaica will present much different challenges for the young fullback.
What other lineup might Bradley turn to? He could give Juan Agudelo another run-out and hope that the young forward could disrupt Jamaica's defense, but this lineup gives the U.S. a better attacking balance.
What do you think of this lineup? Which players would you have in your starting lineup if you were the coach? Think this lineup can beat Jamaica?
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