Wednesday, June 23, 2010

U.S. Starting 11 v. Algeria

The United States Starting Eleven for today's match against Algeria has been announced:

  • GK: Howard
  • D: Cherundolo, DeMerit, Bocanegra (c), Bornstein
  • MF: Donovan, Bradley, Edu, Dempsey
  • F: Gomez, Altidore

Clearly, the shocker there is no Oguchi Onyewu on defense. Gooch has not been stellar in the first two matches. Fanhouse is reporting Onyewu's benching is a "coach's decision." Very interesting stuff. Jonathan Bornstein is in the lineup in place of Gooch, giving the U.S. more speed to attack via the wings.

Coach Bob Bradley messing with his lineup for the vital win or go home game opens the door for a lot of second guessing and Monday Morning Quarterbacking. I kinda like it though; I've been critical of Gooch and I think it's pretty gutsy of Bradley to sit one of his best--well he's considered one of his best--players.

Remember, here's the qualification scenario for the U.S.:

  1. Win and they're in.
  2. Tie and they still advance if England loses
  3. Tie and England ties and U.S. maintains its goal differential advantage.

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