USMNT lineups announced as Costa Rican police assure timely arrival

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There was much talk of the Costa Rican taxi force collaborating to clog up the roads in an effort to make the US National Team’s travel to Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica a living hell.

That never materialized, at least not according to the USMNT, who took to twitter to thank the Costa Rican police for ensuring their arrival at the venue without hitch.

The police, according to Doug McIntyre of ESPN, lined the enterance to the stadium to make sure nobody could toss projectiles in the direction of the team.

As for the lineup, Jozy Altidore is only fit enough to make the bench as Jurgen Klinsmann has chosen to stick Clint Dempsey up front in the striker role with Landon Donovan slotted in behind him in a 4-2-3-1 lineup. Here it is:

Lineups:

United States – Howard; Orozco, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Bradley, Jones; Zusi, Donovan, F. Johnson; Dempsey.
Bench – Altidore, Beckerman, Bedoya, Brooks, Cameron, Castillo, Diskerud, Guzan, Jóhannsson, E. Johnson, Parkhurst, Rimando.

UPDATE: Michael Bradley sprained his left ankle during warmups, and is being replaced by Geoff Cameron in the starting lineup. A massive blow to the USMNT midfield. Hopefully it’s not a long-term issue and he can return against Mexico.

Costa Rica – Navas; G. Gonzalez, J. Acosta, Umana; Gamboa, Oviedo, Borges, Tejada, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz.

Couple of things to note. First, wow, Michael Orozco (officially his last name, no longer Orozco-Fiscal, per his passport) at right-back, beating out Michael Parkhurst and Geoff Cameron. Also, it’s officially Clint Dempsey’s 100th cap for the United States, so congratulations to him!

In terms of the Costa Rican lineup, it’s interesting to see Bryan Ruiz up front as a striker. He’s not naturally a striker, much like Clint. So there’s no true striker on the pitch for either side! This also means that Real Salt Lake forward Álvaro Saborío is pushed back to the bench.