How will USMNT line up in friendly vs. Peru?


Ahead of the U.S. national team facing Peru at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on Friday, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has plenty of options.

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With a host of veterans returning to the squad, Klinsmann has to decided whether or not to go with the majority of the guys who performed at the 2014 World Cup or continue to introduce youngsters into the mix.

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Plenty of players will see game-time in the two friendlies over the next 10 days against Peru and then Brazil, as the USMNT ready themselves for the huge Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 10.

Below are three options for the starting lineup against Peru, and a brief conclusion as to what they will bring.

Klinsmann’s choice

—– Guzan —–

— Cameron — Besler — Brooks — Garza —

Williams —– Jones

— Bedoya — Diskerud — Zardes —

—– Altidore —–

Experienced XI

—– Guzan —–

— Spector — Cameron — Besler — Ream —

— Bedoya — Jones — Williams — Zardes —

—Altidore — Johannsson

Mixing it up

—– Guzan —–

— Yedlin — Alvarado — Gonzalez — Garza —

Morales—– Williams

— Bedoya — Diskerud — Zardes —

—– Wood —–


As always, the first option is the most likely to occur with whispers from training camp in D.C. suggesting it could be the way Klinsmann goes from the start vs. Peru. He has already stated that Brad Guzan is his starter in goal through the Confederations Cup playoff with Mexico in October next month, hence why he appears in all three lineups. There are some serious issues to sort out in the back four, especially at full back, and it seems like Geoff Cameron is going to be shunted out to right back and out of his favored spot as a central defender. Matt Besler may well get the nod over Omar Gonzalez and Alvarado, while John Brooks will get the chance to start again. With DaMarcus Beasley out injured, Greg Garza or Tim Ream will come in at left back. In midfield, expect to see Jermaine Jones and Danny Williams hold it down in the middle, then that attacking flair of Mix Diskerud, Gyasi Zardes and Alejandro Bedoya ahead of them. Jozy Altidore’s fitness concerns continue but you have to think he’ll start up top on his own. However, don’t be surprised to see Aron Johannsson to start as he has made a hot start to life in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen. Other options up top are youngsters Bobby Wood (goalscoring machine) and Andrew Wooten who could make his debut after starring in the 2. Bundesliga.

The second “Experienced XI” option looks the best to me and provides balance with natural full backs, plus the Cameron-Besler partnership returning to defense and both Altidore and Johannsson up top together in a 4-4-2 formation. The midfield could either be in a diamond or a flat four with Jones able to slot out to the left of the four and Zardes or Bedoya playing centrally as the highest midfield to support the two strikers.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below as plenty of U.S. players must prove themselves after a poor Gold Cup campaign and are playing for a spot in the October squad for the Mexico match.