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The political unrest and dangerous conditions in Egypt led to the cancellation of Wednesday's friendly between the United States and the defending African champions, but that doesn't mean we can't think about what could have been.
We'll never know what lineup Bob Bradley would have gone with against the Egyptians, but we can speculate. Would he have given Jozy Altidore the nod, or would he have left him behind to tend to his transfer move? Would he have called on Michael Bradley one more time, or let him spend time with new club Aston Villa?
Here is the starting lineup we think Bradley would have turned to against Egypt if the match had been played:
PROJECTED USMNT STARTING XI vs. EGYPT
Alejandro Bedoya———Stuart Holden————–Benny Feilhaber
—————–Jermaine Jones—–Maurice Edu————————
Bocanegra——– Onyewu————- Goodson———– Cherundolo
So who is missing and why?:
Landon Donovan had spoken recently about wanting some more rest and potentially skipping the Egypt match so he's not called in.
Altidore and Michael Bradley are with new clubs so Bob Bradley passes on calling them in so they can have a chance to integrate into their new surroundings.
So why doesn't that apply to Onyewu? The big centerback has been with FC Twente for a few weeks, and has already played two games, so he's more settled in and Bradley couldn't have been blamed for wanting to see him, particularly with what projects to be the first-choice back-line.
Jermaine Jones also has a pair of games with Blackburn under his belt, which is why he gets called in, but if Bradley wanted to keep him with Blackburn, Bradley could have turned to Sacha Kljestan, who is seeing more playing time with Anderlecht.
Maurice Edu had been injured recently, and working his way back into the Rangers lineup, but we think he would have gotten the call, with Bradley looking to see how Jones and Edu worked together in central midfield.
As for who else would have been called in? There are any number of options. Here are nine:
David Yelldell, Tim Ream, Eric Lichaj, Frank Simek, Zak Whitbread, Sacha Kljestan, Mixx Diskerud, Edson Buddle, Juan Agudelo
What do you think of this lineup? What lineup would you have wanted to see the USA face against Egypt?
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