Jurgen Klinsmann has made only two chances to his starting XI for today’s friendly against Turkey, hinting the U.S. men’s national team’s starting lineup is inching closer to settled. Along the left side, however, competition remains, with Brad Davis and Timothy Chandler getting the call today at Red Bull Arena.
Clint Dempsey, who was originally selected (but scratched late on Tuesday), partners Jozy Altidore up top in an formation that’s again advertised as a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield. With Davis coming in along the left for Alejandro Bedoya, that midfield may actually play like a diamond against Turkey.
On Tuesday, the setup purported to feature central midfielder Michael Bradley in a playmaker’s role never materialized. Accompanied by right-sider Graham Zusi and deep-lying Jermaine Jones in the middle, it’s unclear whether the diamond is a goal or a misnomer.
At the back, Chandler comes in for DaMarcus Beasley at left back. The rest of the defense remains unchanged. Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler is accompanied in the middle by Geoff Cameron, who looks more-and-more like the probable starter on June 16. Fabian Johnson, used mostly on the left throughout his U.S. men’s national team career, get his second straight start at right back.
In goal, as expected, is Tim Howard, but with nine starters returning from Tuesday’s game at Candlestick Park, most of the lineup is becoming “as expected.” Selecting his XI for the team’s second send-off game, Klinsmann moved slightly closer to establishing a first choice lineup.
United States: Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Chandler; Zusi, Jones, Bradley, Davis; Altidore, Dempsey
Turkey: Kivrak, Balta, Dogan, Gonul, Inan, Erdinç, Sahin, Ozyakup, Tufan, Erkin, Carndal