How will USMNT line up vs. Honduras?

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The U.S. men’s national team host Honduras in a crucial World Cup qualifiers in San Jose, Calif. and Bruce Arena has so many options to choose from.

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However, with key men Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin all out injured, the USMNT will have to plug some gaps and get creative with their lineup choices.

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Not ideal when you need two wins or at least four points to get yourself back on track in the Hexagonal.

Below is a look at the most likely options for Arena’s men on Friday.


USMNT line up options vs. Honduras

JPW’s pick

—– Howard —–

— Zusi — Cameron — Brooks — Villafana —

—– Bedoya —- Bradley —- Kljestan —- Pulisic —-

—– Dempsey —–

—– Altidore —–

Experience in defense

—- Howard —–

— Cameron — Brooks — Gonzalez — Ream —

—- Bradley —- Lletget —-

—- Bedoya —– Dempsey —– Pulisic —–

—– Altidore —–

All-out attack

—- Howard —–

— Zusi — Cameron — Brooks — Villafana —

—- Bradley —- Acosta —-

—– Bedoya —–

 —- Dempsey —- Altidore —- Pulisic —-

Conclusion

With both full backs out of this squad, it seems likely that Geoff Cameron may be used at right back, with Jorge Villafana at left back. There’s a bit of risk in that as breaking up the Cameron-Brooks central defensive partnership which worked so well last summer could impact the entire defensive unit.

In midfield the trio of Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradly and Jermaine Jones not only has experience in these big game occasions but also has a good blend of power, pace and poise. Yet, with Jones suspended for this game, one of Sebastian Lletget, Sacha Kljestan or Dax McCarty could slot in alongside Bradley. The latter options are more experienced and may be the safe bet.

Then, up top Jozy Altidore will obviously lead the line and then it’s all about getting Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic in the correct positions underneath him. Pulisic could well play centrally to get the best out of his undoubted talents.

Look for MLSers Kellyn Acosta and Darlington Nagbe to feature but they may not start in these crucial qualifiers. Experience seems to be the key for these games as the U.S. aims to get back on track.