The United States trots out an unorthodox starting lineup in a rare matchup against perennial Oceania powers New Zealand in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
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USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann sent several players back to their clubs after a 2-0 win on the awful pitch in Cuba last Friday, recalling a batch of names just for this match.
Kellyn Acosta, Juan Agudelo, Matt Besler, Terrence Boyd, Bill Hamid, Michael Orozco, and Tim Parker joined up with the team.
Heading back were John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Johnson, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Chris Wondolowski, Bobby Wood.
The Yanks look to go 3-0 all-time against the Kiwis, who boast Wisconsin junior Sam Brotherton along the back line.
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There’s some question as to the United States’ formation thanks to this batch of players sitting in front of goalkeeper William Yarbrough, who scoops up cap No. 3.
Kellyn Acosta has been used as a left back by Jurgen Klinsmann, and DeAndre Yedlin is usually a right back. But Klinsmann has called upon defenders Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, and Michael Orozco as well.
Holding mids Perry Kitchen and Michael Bradley are in the lineup, as are Sacha Kljestan, Julian Green, and Jozy Altidore.
It seems likely we’ll see Yedlin, Altidore, and Green atop a 4-3-3.
This is the lineup the U.S. will use at RFK Stadium at 8 p.m. ET.