The U.S. has made it through the group stage of the Copa America Centenario and will face Ecuador at the quarterfinal stage on Thursday in Seattle.
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Jurgen Klinsmann has named the same starting lineup in each of the USMNT’s group games but now he has one big decision to make with regards to team selection.
This is a huge game to set the tone for the next 12 months. If the U.S. beat the Ecuador then it is job done in terms of reaching their goal of the final four for this summer. If they lose, it will continue to see Klinsmann and his players come under scrutiny.
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Below is a look at how the U.S. should start on Thursday at CenturyLink Field.
USMNT XI vs. Paraguay
—– Guzan —–
— Orozco — Cameron — Brooks — Johnson —
— Bedoya — Bradley — Jones —
— Zardes — Dempsey — Wood ��
There’s only one big decision to make here: who comes in for the suspended DeAndre Yedlin? The right back was sent off against Paraguay and will miss this quarterfinal, so will Michael Orzoco slot straight in? The easy answer is yes.
Orzoco was solid after coming on for the last 43 minutes against Paraguay. He’s not a natural right back but can play there. Instead of switching Geoff Cameron to right back and disrupting his blossoming partnership with John Brooks, it would be better for Orozco to slot in and do a job.
Looking elsewhere on the roster, Fabian Johnson could slot over to right back and Edgar Castillo could slot in at left back but then that’s just too much chopping and changing.