Who should Klinsmann start vs. Jamaica?

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The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Jamaica in World Cup qualifying on Friday and with stars Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley set to miss out, Jurgen Klinsmann will have some important decisions to make on how he shapes his lineup without those two stars.

Without Donovan and Bradley, and potentially without Clint Dempsey, the U.S. will face a tough challenge in Kingston against a Jamaica side they have never beaten in Jamaica.

The last time these teams met, the Americans pulled off a 2-0 victory in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, but this will mark the first meeting in Jamaica between these teams since Brian Ching's late equalizer helped the U.S. score a draw in a 2004 World Cup qualifier.

What lineup will Klinsmann turn to now that he could be without three of his best field players? Here is one possible lineup we could see:

PROJECTED USMNT LINEUP vs. JAMAICA

—–Shea————Altidore————–Gomez—-

—————Edu————–Jones——————

——————–Beckerman————————-

Johnson—Bocanegra—-Cameron——-Cherundolo

———————Howard—————————–

Some thoughts:

Why Brek Shea? He's the best option for that position if Klinsmann decides to go with a 4-3-3. Shea's showing off the bench against Mexico had to make Klinsmann feel better about his young winger's form and confidence. Not to mention the fact Shea delivered on the road in Mexico.

Shea starting is obviously contingent on Clint Dempsey not being available to start. Dempsey is working hard to get fit, but it seems more likely he starts against Jamaica in the second match, on Tuesday in Columbus.

If Dempsey can get fit enough to start on Friday, then we could either see him in that same left forward role, or potentially in a playmaking role in a 4-4-2.

Terrence Boyd is going to make Klinsmann's decision very tough. His form with Rapid Vienna in recent weeks has been outstanding, but it is tough to picture Klinsmann playing Altidore, Boyd and Gomez together (though it could certainly be fun to watch). Could that trio work together? It should be noted that Altidore has played on the left side of a 4-3-3 in the past and wouldn't be totally unfamiliar to that position. If Klinsmann were to go with that trio, it would be up to Altidore and Gomez to help generate chances and pass the ball well from the flanks.

In midfield, it's tough to envision Klinsmann using anything but the triangle shown above. Jose Torres is obviously an option, but his performance against Mexico didn't exactly instill confidence. If this were a home game you could make a stronger case for Torres and wanting to attack more, but this midfield makes the most sense heading into Kingston. Yes, it is a defensive-minded group, and yes Edu struggled against Brazil in a more advanced role, but this is a road qualifier and this isn't Brazil.

The defense should be pretty much set, though a case can be made for Clarence Goodson getting the nod ahead of Cameron. That said, Cameron's form has been pretty solid in recent national team appearances, especially his showing against Mexico.

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What do you think of the lineup? What changes would you make to it? Think the U.S. still has the team to register the national team's first win in Kingston?

Share your thoughts below.

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125 Responses to Who should Klinsmann start vs. Jamaica?

  1. Benny says:

    Such a bunkering, gung-ho, clattering center of the park. Torres is needed to pull the strings and provide some technical ability. Even 2/3 of the forward line is the lumbering and sometimes stone-touch shea and altidore.

    Torres was never going to look good against mexico when he was basically asked to be a withdrawn forward who holds the ball.

  2. Rik says:

    It sounded like he made it pretty clear Torres would keep getting chances and would probably start. On one hand, he’ll get bullied by Jamaica’s size and won’t get the time and space he needs. On the other hand, someone in that midfield has to be able to make some connecting passes.

    Isn’t Mo pretty unfit as well? Dempsey is more of a must if he can go, but Williams could start over Edu to help with the speed on the flanks.

  3. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Solid lineup, but I’m not convinced Shea works as a starter. He’s always impressed more as a sub, and I think we would be better fit to have him come on in the 65th-70th minute. Jozy out wide is an experiment I would like to see, but on the road in Kingston is probably not the place for such an experiment.

  4. Chris says:

    Thoughts on Clarence in the center back with Bocanegra and replacing Edu, who I don’t believe has been playing a whole lot lately, with Cameron?

  5. Amazonmatt says:

    Looking at this line up makes it completely obvious how important Bradley is the USMNT. I’m going to say that he may in fact be the most “important” player of the XI, certainly of the X field players. As special as Donovan and Dempsey are, the lineup can support their absence in ways that it can’t without Bradley.

  6. Amazonmatt says:

    “lumbering and sometimes stone-touch shea and altidore” You obviously haven’t seen the recent highlight reels of Altidore….

  7. Benny says:

    i can’t wait until diskerud and gatt are out there running the show.

  8. Vic says:

    Here are the definates and question marks in my opinion:
    Gomez
    Torres
    Beckerman Jones
    Johnson Bocanegra Cameron Cherundolo

    That leaves two spots which will be filled by: Dempsey, Shea, Edu, Williams, Boyd Altidore. Dempsey will definately play but may not start.

  9. Jon says:

    If Demps doesn’t start, I like it.

  10. stalin says:

    Who cares! I will not be able to see the game because they sign the rights with some obscure network that is not available on Comcast in my area. Hundreds of channels and not one will have the game on. What a joke. I should just support Mexico – at least I can watch their games.

  11. Eric says:

    My best guess at the gameday roster:

    Starting XI

    Howard
    Cherundolo
    Cameron
    Bocanegra
    Johnson
    Beckerman
    Jones
    Torres
    Shea
    Gomez
    Altidore

    Bench

    Guzan
    Goodson
    Parkhurst
    Edu
    Zusi
    Dempsey
    Boyd

  12. AB says:

    Not much to choose from for an offensive-minded midfielder. Not so sure he would go with three players that are mainly defensive midfielders, but the lack of experience among others on the roster might force him to. I could even see Dempsey moving behind a striker in a 4-2-3-1 lineup, which would definitely be preferable against Jamaica. I wouldn’t change the back line, but keep Altidore up front, Shea on the left, Gomez on the right, and Dempsey in the middle with Beckerman and Jones holding the d-mid duties.

  13. Smacking says:

    You can replace “may in fact be” with “is”

  14. I would like to see this to start:

    —–Shea————Altidore————–Gomez—-

    —————Dempsey————–Jones——————

    ——————–Beckerman————————-

    Johnson—Bocanegra—-Cameron——-Cherundolo

    ———————Howard—————————–

  15. Andy says:

    It’s not ideal, but that’s a team that could definitely come out with a victory.

  16. swoopy says:

    some people can’t believe a 21-22 year old can change or improve. too bad. i think he is showing it.

  17. Andy says:

    If Demps is fit, I completely agree. We need at least one attacking minded player in the midfield trio.

  18. Primoone says:

    ______________1________

    Dolo-Cameron-Fiscal–Castillo

    —————–Dr.Jones———

    Williams—–Torres—Johnson

    ————–Dempsey————
    —————–Altidore———–

  19. Andy says:

    Similar to the current Arsenal midfield in terms of ideology/tactics. Obviously not as good, but same idea.

    Dempsey is the attacking mid. Links up with strikers and presents a threat on goal like Santi Cazorla. (Could possibly be played by Joe Corona, Zusi, or Torres <– big maybe)

    Jones is the box-to-box mid. He helps shield the back four, but also makes driving runs into the attacking third and puts pressure on the opposing team like Abu Diaby. (Could also be Edu)

    Beckerman is the undersized, not overly athletic, but classy (somewhat) and intelligent holding midfielder. He protects the back four and is all over the field to cover for others by using his positioning not his athleticism similar to Mikel Arteta’s new role.

    If they are defined in this way by Klinsmann, then I could see the midfield performing very well.

  20. Vic says:

    One point I disagree with SBI:

    “Terrence Boyd is going to make Klinsmann’s decision very tough. His form with Rapid Vienna in recent weeks has been outstanding,but it is tough to picture Klinsmann playing Altidore, Boyd and Gomez together ”

    There’s chance Boyd starts over Altidore. Boyd already started a game over Altidore. Klinnsmann said Altidore wasn’t fit, Altidore said he didn’t know what Klinnsmann was talking about.

  21. jon says:

    this lineup makes me nervous. without bradley/dempsey/donovan you wonder where the midfield creativity comes from. Perhaps we get some decent service to jozy through fabian and the wings? Our midfield really needs Bradley (or Holden!), or I don’t see the whole Klinsman possession thing working.

  22. Benny says:

    how long until bocanegra moves on to greener pastures? we need to find someone who can play that spot by the time 2014 comes.

  23. Metro says:

    I like the SBI lineup, just put Cameron in beckerman’s role and start Goodson at CB.

  24. Colin in MT says:

    ——————-jozy
    ——–Dempsey. Gomez
    ——————Torres
    ——–Williams. Jones
    Johnson. Boca. Cameron. Dolo

    Johnson and dolo provide width in the attack
    Williams and jones have the athleticism to cover
    Torres connects the dots from a #8 role… Not #10
    Dempsey and Gomez do what they’re best at and find space create problems

    Shea comes on for Dempsey at about 60 and creates havoc

  25. Chris says:

    I agree, I would personally play Cameron and Goodson as my CB…they’re both game fit, and Boca is good a vocal leader in all, but he’s not game fit, and JK is huge on getting to physciall fitness or not play at all.
    so my back line up
    Johnson—-Cameron—Goodson—Cherundolo

  26. Francois says:

    This. +1

  27. Shawn says:

    Has Edu played any more than Dempsey recently? Why would he be more fit than Dempsey?

  28. Francois says:

    This!

  29. Colin says:

    Klinsmann needs to implement change and start:

    Howard

    Cherundolo/Spector, Edu, Cameron/Jones, Johnson

    Cameron/Jones

    Shea Corona Dempsey

    Gomez Boyd

  30. away goals says:

    shhhh… there there.

    Be a grown up and find a sports bar or a buddy with directv. You’re gonna get through this.

  31. Weston says:

    well. JK always makes our predictions look bad. So I’m going with a crazy one that I think he’ll throw out there.

    Dempsey Altidore Boyd

    Torres

    Jones Cameron

    Johnson Boca Goodson Dolo

  32. Kevin_Amold says:

    Has Torres ever pulled any strings for us? I’m honestly asking. He is alleged to be some solid playmaker, but I’ve never seen evidence of it.

  33. Judging Amy says:

    Are you sure? I thought I read that beIn would be available on Comcast Xfinity starting Aug. 23rd? Is that only for some areas?

  34. Alex says:

    The famous 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 formation. Nice.

  35. Judging Amy says:

    Excellent.

  36. RLW2020 says:

    +1, i wouldn’t say Edu, Bocanegra or Williams have been playing much lately. With back to back games i don’t think its a bad idea to keep some players to 1.5 games instead of 2 games.

  37. hogatroge says:

    Since we know what Mo brings to the table offensively, and that’s not very much (even though I’m usually a Mo fan and defender), I’d say give Zusi a shot. Beckerman and Jones can share more of the defensive responsibility in midfield.

    If Zusi doesn’t step up, bring in a fresh Clint 30 min from time.

  38. Tottenham(formerly Fulham)Pete says:

    Please, Klinsy, just DON’T play Torres.

    He’s akin to a blocking tight end running a route across the middle. Yes, he’s there, and he’s doing his duty, and he might even catch a ball that’s thrown at his chest, but he’s not a threat, and can probably be ignored by the other team because they know he’s not going to beat them.

  39. Judging Amy says:

    That was prior to Altidore’s goal explosion. Sure Boyd hasn’t been doing too poorly himself, but considering the quality of Jozy’s league and the quality of the goals he’s been scoring I think SBI’s point still stands.

    If anything, Klins might sit Gomez before Altidore considering Herc’s relatively slow start (“only” two goals in 5 games). But probably not due to the tangibles/intangibles Herc brings.

  40. RLW2020 says:

    +1 thats basically what i had too. I could go for Goodson over Boca if he is looking sharper in camp. If Dempsey is unable to go i guess Edu could fill in, but i wouldn’t be surprised to see Torres get another shot.

    Having Boyd and Dempsey off the bench for the first game could make for an interesting finish to the game.

  41. Camjam says:

    Somehow you and Sergio made sense of all the rambling thoughts/formations I have about how the Jamaica should be played. . Well Done!

  42. Camjam says:

    Too slow. Pairing Goodson and Boca at CB at this stage of their careers….. It’s BEGGING Jamaica to kill us with their speed.

  43. 2tone says:

    Torres has never pulled the strings with the USMNT. people are still holding out hope that he will, but the reality is that Torres is a situational player for the USMNT. I don’t particularly believe Torres is a good fit for the USMNT, and I think he will be on the bench come Friday.

  44. Leafmotive says:

    Tie away in Jamaica, win at home in US, four points…done.

  45. 2tone says:

    Simple go to first row sports.com. You will get a live feed I garrauntee it.

  46. M says:

    Torres has rarely been used as a deep lying mid..AM, LB and everywhere else. I think he deserves a chance at his best position and the same goes for Danny Williams

  47. 2tone says:

    Dempsey will start. Since Klinsmann has been really animated about Zusi playing recently I could see this.

    ————Howard—————–
    Dolo——Cam——Boca——Johnson
    ———-Edu——–Jones———
    Zusi———–Dempsey———Gomez
    —————Altidore————–

    Subs: Guzan, Parkhurst, Goodson, Torres, Williams, Shea, Boyd

  48. M says:

    ——————-jozy
    ——–Dempsey. Me
    ——————Torres
    ——–Williams. Jones
    Johnson. Boca. Cameron. Dolo

    Our best chance by far

  49. ben says:

    Castillo isn’t in camp.

  50. Weaksauce says:

    Im gonna throw out a crazy line up

    —–Boyd————Altidore——–Gomez

    ———-Johnson————–Jones—–

    —————-Cameron———-

    Spector—Bocanegra—-Goodson—-Cherundolo

    ———————Howard————-

  51. JJ says:

    He’s a deep-lying playmaker, but yeah I’ve never seen any solid string-pulling from him, just solid distributing. I think he’s more suited for the no. 8 role, but I think Klinsmann prefers a stodgier force to cover ground in case the no. 6 goes up in attack. And I would probably agree that, on the international level, he’s not physical enough to play there. So I think Klinsi’s trying to push him into that no. 10, which is why we’re seeing him struggle. He just isn’t that player.

  52. JJ says:

    I’d like to see Cameron in the winger-destroyer role Danny Williams has played in the past. Because, unlike Williams, Cameron at least offers something going forward.

  53. The Solution Is... says:

    Altidore Boyd
    Dempsey
    Shea Jones
    Beckerman
    Johnson Cameron Boca Dolo
    Howard

  54. Joel J says:

    I’d like to see a 4-4-2

    ————-Howard—————-
    Dolo——Cam——Boca—–Johnson
    ——–Jones——Torres———-
    Corona———————-Dempsey
    ——Boyd———Altidore——–

    Subs: Guzan, Parkhurst, Goodson, Williams, Shea, Beckerman, Gomez

  55. BUD says:

    Bring back the 4-4-2 from Slovenia, I’m into it!

  56. Nate Dollars says:

    so crazy it just might work!

  57. Goalscorer24 says:

    Don’t have a dish so I can’t see the game.
    Anybody know if the game is going to be shown on the internet?

  58. TomG says:

    Shea’s first touch certainly needs work but Jozy’s is one of the best on the team.

  59. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Few people outside of US Soccer say he is a ‘playmaker’, if any do usually it is preceded with ‘deep-lying’.

    Paco is a 3rd line player (in a 4 line setup), if you feel comfortable with your back 4 he would do fine in a 4-2-3-1 set up as one of the back two…but if you expect balls to be won you should start someone else.

  60. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Would love to see Johnson moved forward, but don’t count on it. Jamaica is crazy with speed and you can’t count on the Spectors/Bocas keeping up with that speed.

  61. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Ditto.

  62. BFBS says:

    Especially with Jamaica’s pace, this would have been a perfectly good line-up if we had called-up Lichaj instead of Spector :(

    (I would flip Boyd and Jozy as well, in truth.)

  63. Benny says:

    I have never seen evidence of it either. I am another Benny. Not the one above.

  64. Steve says:

    Christmas tree all day long…..

    ————Altidore————-
    —–Shea———–Dempsey——
    —Torres–Beckerman–Jones——
    Johnson–Boca—-Cameron—–Dolo
    ————Howard—————

    Would like to see, but may not be right time……

    ——Altidore—-Boyd———–
    ———–Dempsey—————
    –Torres———–Jones———
    ———Beckerman—————
    Johnson–Boca—-Cameron—–Dolo
    ————Howard—————

  65. Louis Z says:

    i gave up trying to figure out what JK may do. here is what I would like to see.

    —- HOWARD —–
    DOLO–EDU–CAMERON–BOCA
    JONES–JOHNSON–SHEA
    –DEMPSEY–CORONA
    –JOZY–

  66. bird says:

    Shea Altidore Boyd
    Dempsey Torres
    Jones
    Boca Cameron Edu Fabian
    Howard

    Torres last chance to shine. I know this is risky in a WCQ match but I would like to see the def with Cameron and Edu at CB again let them grow into it and Boca can play LB then slide F Johnson to the right side, give Dolo a rest. You have Jones and his experience in front of Cam and Edu to help clean up. Dempsey sliding a bit more central as a creator and the top three creating havoc with their size and pace. Take it to Jamaica and dont play for the road draw.

  67. Andy says:

    Why would you want Bocanegra going against Jamaican wingers?

  68. Eric says:

    LOL, well played, sir.

  69. Aaron in StL says:

    Need more possession & distribution somewhere in there. Jones and Beckerman shouldn’t be terrible at that, but I’d worry about linking the midfield to the forward line with this set up.

  70. Rob says:

    what a horrible line-up…

    ————Altidore————-
    —-Dempsey———Gomez——–
    ——–Torres—Jones———–
    ———–Beckerman————-
    Johnson—————–Cherundolo
    ——Bocanegra—Cameron——–
    ————-Howard————–

    Bench: Guzan, Edu, Williams, Spector, Zusi, Shea, Boyd

  71. THomas says:

    This one’s easy…

    ——-Howard——–
    We’re–Playing–Jamaica
    —-And–Could–Win—
    With—Our—U23—Team

  72. Tottenham(formerly Fulham)Pete says:

    LOVE the second lineup, if you put Shea in for Torres.

    ——Jozy—-Boyd———–
    ———-Deuce————-
    —Shea————–Jones
    ——–Beckerman———–
    –FJ—-Boca—-Cam—-Dolo–
    ———T-money———-

  73. fish says:

    JOzy has had a great touch for a long time. Some people just can’t pull their head out of their arse

  74. Dennis says:

    Naw! Our U-23s couldn’t beat Honduras U-23s.

  75. byrdman says:

    I usually find them on firstrowsoccer.eu

  76. byrdman says:

    actually that site has been seized by the govt. Try firstrowsports.eu

  77. hogatroge says:

    Well, they didn’t play Honduras’ U-23 team, so we’ll never know. They did put the hurt on Mexico’s U-23 team.

  78. Thomas says:

    I think people should remember Fabian Johnson is on a yellow card, and if he gets a second our opinions are: Spector, Parkhurst, Fiscal, Torre.

  79. Darwin says:

    Boyd doesn’t have it in him to create from a wide position…yet. He’s an Altidore-Ching hybrid. Hold up, distribute from the box, and bang in your chances in the 6 yard box.

  80. bradsdsu13 says:

    like everything except jones and beckerman, put jones in DM and put gomez on the right a bit more upfield.

  81. bradsdsu13 says:

    1) Someone for the love of God tell me why Klinsmann keeps calling up 4 Defensive Midfielders! Edu, Jones, Beckerman and Williams. WHY???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    I will say Jones and Edu can play well as a Center Mid but they are truly Defensive mids, and Williams and Beckerman can’t play anything except DM.

    2) How many chances is Torres going to get. Torres has had a billion chances and never shows up. End of discussion.

    3) I love the gatt call up, very sad he’s injured and would have liked to see MIX in there as he is a CM with some attacking mindset.

    As for Klinsmann’s 4-3-3
    FW: We have 1 solid striker in Alti and 1 up and coming Boyd.
    RW: Gomez has not done enough in my eyes but don’t mind the call up as we have NO other options for right wingers (donovan & gatt injured).
    LW: Shea is a healthy left wing, but I think if Johnson wasn’t the only capable LB he should be starting there.
    AM: Dempsey is 1) our best goal scorer 2) our best attacking mid 3) our best player, in my opinion he is the ONLY option at Attacking mid.
    CDM: Jones should be a lock because of his work ethic and grittiness. The other I would say is between Williams and Edu. I’d give it to Edu as he is more capable at moving forward and just transferred to Stoke, although Williams is definitely capable. Beckerman is just as solid of a DM as Williams and Edu but he brings NOTHING else to the team.
    LB: 2 Words Fabian Johnson
    CB: Cameron showed well against Mexico and has been playing consistently in the EPL. Bocanegra is always a solid choice but transferring to a 2nd division Spanish team is still baffling me.
    RB: Cherundolo but i would like to see Lichaj get a shot as Dolo is aging.

  82. Tony in Quakeland says:

    This is REALLY unlike me…but I’m very nervous about these two games. I have been losing faith slowly in Klinnsman’s selections and ability to make tactical adjustments for some time. (Yes, we won in Azteca and yes we won in Italy, but those games were not appreciably different than games we saw under Bradley and Arena). I’m just not seeing the great leap forward that everyone expected…

    But back to the topic at hand, I like Ives’ line up and think that Brek Shea wants to prove himself. I think he could have a very strong game.

  83. BrendoCal says:

    Beckerman should be on the standby list.

  84. Yeah, somehow I would like to have Edu on the field too. Maybe instead of Boca. Not sure how match fit Boca is after spending time in the Scottish 4th division. Then again, Edu just moved. Klinsmann has some tinkering to do. As long as I don’t see Torres start I’ll be happy.

  85. Dave says:

    Any midfield that starts Jermaine Jones will struggle to keep possession and score. Every game we get the ” Jones is giving away possession too easily tonight” as if it is the first game he has done so. For someone in the Bundesliga, he’s very poor technically. For this team to do well at the World Cup, we need to upgrade that position, otherwise we’ll have a repeat of Ricardo Clark handing away a goal against Ghana. I don’t mean to be harsh, but how many times do we have o see our attack fall apart because of a terrible pass from Jones before we work on replacing him?

  86. Gerald says:

    Thank you, totally agree. We can even afford a loss in Jamaica as long as we win at home

  87. Cairo says:

    Boyd
    Shea. Demps. Herc
    Jones. Torres
    Johnson. Edu Cameron. Dolo

    Boyd is more dynamic than jozy, has produced recently for the nats (in Azteca). Gomez has played the wing at times in Mexico. Torres as a deep lying mid would work best with another defensive midfielder next to him for cover. Like speedier center backs for this one as well.

  88. THomas says:

    I’d like a 4-3-3 and to see jozy as a wide forward. His best goals seem to come when he starts out wide and combines with other players for a scoring chance.

  89. Lorenzo says:

    Which one could understand. Pulling one’s head out of their own arse would take strength, flexability, and determination.

  90. Lorenzo says:

    Ha Ha! I love these comments sections sometimes!

  91. Old School says:

    Truth be told, I don’t see Torres get bullied off the ball.

    Not saying that was your stance but just making a statement.

    Also, I have concerns about Edu’s fitness, too.

    Lastly, I think you always have to reward/utilize form: Boyd is incredibly hot right now. I feel like it’s a managers responsibility to find a spot.

    I’m not saying Boyd is ready to be “the man” yet but I think he’s taking the next step and I’m of the mentality you need to feed it.

  92. clevelandfc says:

    Why is it that no one asks if Edu is fit but questions Dempsey? I did not think Edu has been playing either.

  93. TO says:

    ” the U.S. will face a tough challenge in Kingston against a Jamaica side they have never beaten in Jamaica”

    The US has won in Jamaica, just not a WCQ match.
    2-1 on 2/12/03
    3-0 on 11/12/94

  94. Bizzy says:

    this was the team against Mexico:
    GOMEZ DONOVAN
    TORRES
    BECKERMEN JONES WILLIAMS
    CASTILLO JOHNSON
    CAMERON EDU
    HOWARD

    this is the defence that has been battle tested against the best team in CONCACAF. It’ll be logical to just improve on what we already know can stand up to the best,

    Castillo out Dolo in (moving johnson to the left)
    Beckerman out Shea in
    torres out dempsey in
    Donovan out Altidore in

    Gomez Altidore
    Dempsey
    Shea Jones Williams
    Johnson Cameron Edu Dolo
    Howard
    Boca is too slow for a speedy Jamaican side, so is beckerman on the wing and so is Gomez(but some how he scores goals).

  95. Skeeter says:

    That line up makes the best sense to me.. We need more mids in the game to quell/prevent the Jamaican team from building up offensively in our half. Quash the attack and distribute wide or middle.

    Defense first / quick offensive shifts

  96. Dave from Charlotte says:

    ———————Altidore——————————

    —Shea————–Torres—————-Gomez————

    ————-Jones————–Williams/Edu—————-

    Johnson——–Bocanegra/Edu——Cameron———Cherundolo

    ———————Howard—————————–

  97. soccerfan82 says:

    ——T Howard—–
    F Johnson—G Cameron—M Edu—MO Fiscal
    C Dempsey—J Jones—D Williams—B Shea
    ——H Gomez—J Altidore—-

  98. GW says:

    “Yes, we won in Azteca and yes we won in Italy, but those games were not appreciably different than games we saw under Bradley and Arena.”

    That is because the players JK has are not appreciably different from what Bradley and Arena had.

    And while those victories may not have been appreciably different, they were different enough that there is cause for hope. JK has been in charge for a year. Spain, a country with superior “soccer resources” so to speak, took many, many, many years to go from a good international team to being a great international team. You have unrealistic expectations. Spain’s roster did not suddenly get exemptions from FIFA to play for the US. This is a long term project.

  99. hogatroge says:

    Edu did go through preseason with Rangers. The club played their first team (before the mass exodus) several times during that stretch, so Edu hasn’t been out as long as Dempsey.

  100. hogatroge says:

    This is just an untrue statement. While Jones has ups and downs with the Nats, you can’t ignore his standout performances. Coincidentally, one of his most notable was against Jamaica.

    He also starts (and scores goals) for a Champions League team. Yes, his last outing for the US, AT 6000′ ALTITUDE, DURING CLUB PRESEASON, was mediocre, but that would be ignoring his performances against Scotland, Venezuela, and Honduras, where he was superb.

  101. GW says:

    “Lastly, I think you always have to reward/utilize form: Boyd is incredibly hot right now. I feel like it’s a managers responsibility to find a spot.”
    Boyd has 4 goals in six games.

    Jozy has 4 goals in six games.

    A few months in age separate them yet Jozy has significantly more experience and plays in a higher ranked and tougher league.

    Now if you are the manager and you can’t play both who do you find a spot for?
    Remember this is a WC qualifier and not a time to screw around.

  102. Kojo says:

    ——–Altidore—-Boyd——-

    –Shea–Beckerman–Jones–Williams–

    –Johnson–Boca–Cam–dolo–

    ————-Howard———-

    Dempsey comes on at the 70th minute mark. Gomez comes in at the 78th minute
    This gets the two most in form forwards on the field. Closes down the Jamaican flank play with Shea/Johnson and Williams/Cherundolo. This pushes Jamaica into the middle where we keep a high defensive line enabling us to contain Jamaica in the middle third of the field taking away their space. In order for this to work we have to win the 50/50 balls in midfield created by this defensive structure. Once we have the ball we then use our own flank speed to go at Jamaica offensively. It will be a lot to ask of Shea and Johnson who will most likely move up to join Altidore and Boyd b/c Shea and Johnson will still have to track back to keep the defensive structure.

  103. sandtrout says:

    His absence is huge. It makes me a pessimist instead of an optimist going into this game. I just don’t know how we’ll manage the ball in midfield without him. I foresee lots of turnovers…..

  104. sandtrout says:

    That’s a good lineup with these options. A very Tottehnam- (formerly Fulham-) esque lineup I’d say. Reminds me of my days in West Lond — scratch that, North London.

  105. Gus says:

    Not convinced about Howard…Where’s Wondo???

  106. Rix says:

    Wondolowski should be called in on a regular basis. Shame on you Klinsmann.

  107. primoone says:

    What? Thats it….FIRE BRADLEY!

  108. Louis Z says:

    is not like BOCA is already in a wheelchair, he doesn’t move up that much in the attack so for him to get beat with a through ball or over the top is minimal. My main ojbective is to get Johnson in the midfield, the guy is so silky smooth with the ball.

  109. louis z says:

    if you want more possessions then either Cameron or Johnson would what to move out from defense. which is very iffy for JK to do in a away game.

  110. louis z says:

    good point. maybe that is why spector is in the squad.

  111. louis z says:

    plus edu played in mexico.

  112. Two Cents says:

    Altidore is getting considerably better each week. Shea seems to found some of his old self recently, although I would not start him. I think I’d do something like this:

    —————Altidore————–
    Johnson——–Dempsey———–Zusi
    ——–Jones————Edu———
    Spector—–Boca—–Cameron—–Dolo
    —————-Howard—————

    If Dempsey isn’t starting, then things will change to something like this:

    ———Boyd——-Altidore——–
    Johnson————————-Zusi
    ————Jones——Edu———-
    Spector—–Boca—–Cameron—–Dolo
    —————Howard—————-

    Our lack of wingers is depressing, but I suppose if you wanted to change things up a bit, use Shea on the right. Definitely keep Beckerman out. I like Torres, but not really sure where he’d fit unless u go with a 4-1-3-2 and have Edu/Jones sitting in front of the back 4, leaving Torres with Zusi and Johnson.

    Also, Johnson can certainly be moved to LB, but that will certainly change our formation quite a bit. Spector plays consistently for Birmingham City, so I’m sure he’ll manage. That will open the left up for Johnson’s offensive prowess.

  113. bizzy says:

    ——–GOMEZ———-ALTIDORE——-

    —————DEMPSY—————–

    ——SHEA—————-WILLIAMS—-
    —————-JONES—————–
    —JOHNSON——————–DOLO—-
    ———–CAMERON—–EDU————

    —————–HOWARD—————

    Brazil here we come!!!!

  114. biff says:

    I think Clint Dempsey starts. I would be very surprised to see Edu, Jones and Beckerman all start in the midfield. It’s possible Edu will start at left centerback and Bocanegra will begin the game on the bench.

    Someone mentioned a few days ago he would like to see Jozy, Boyd and Gomez all start the game, and I found that intriguing and came with the following 4-3-3, which would pack an explosive offensive punch, but would be a defensive risk. I would love to see it, or something similar, just one time.

    —————Boyd————
    —Jozy—————–Gomez

    Shea———————Dempsey
    ————J. Jones————–

    Fabian–Cameron–Edu–Dolo
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    But something like this is more what I would expect from Klinsmann.

    —————–Altidore——

    Shea———Torres——-Dempsey

    ————Edu—–Jones———-

    Johnson–Boca-Cameron–Dolo

  115. crew96 says:

    only time I saw Torres really make plays and distribute the ball well for USA was as a sub in the last world cup qualifier against costa rica. USA was down 2-0 and threw him on and he did a really good job moving the ball and helping the US keep possession in the attacking third. Again, that is the only time i’ve seen him really play well for USA. Not sure if I remember lineup when he came on but I think he mightve come on for edu or clark and partnered with bradley in the middle

  116. JJ says:

    Howard
    Dolo Edu Cameron Johnson
    Jones Beckerman
    Williams Brek
    Torres
    Jozy

  117. Bobeto says:

    I actually agree with your line up….I like all four lines….What if Duece is ready? Where would you slot him in….Has to be Johnson’s spot! Or move Jones to mid and replace Cameron?

  118. Lost in Space says:

    Wondo is “OLD” and has never shown well at the international level. He’s a Very Good MLS player, but should only be on the National Team for Non-FIFA dates.

  119. Matt says:

    —Jozy——-Gomez——-
    ———Zusi————-
    —Edu——-Jones——–
    ——Beckerman———–
    Johnson–Boca–Cam–Dolo–
    ——–Howard————

    Just an idea, if Dempsey is ready have him sit behind Jozy and Herc. Really worried about the back line and Jamaica’s speed

  120. volpone says:

    Nice point. It seems suddenly obvious to me is that Arteta is the best analogue for Torres as a player; tidy and controlled, but not dazzlingly incisive in the final third. I’ve always hoped we could see what he looks like moved deeper in the midfield.

  121. Old School says:

    Your reference to Jozy’s current stats implies you would be unwilling or incapable of playing both?

  122. Brett says:

    4-3-3: Shea – Boyd – Altidore / Torres – Dempsey – Jones / Johnson – Goodson – Cameron – Cherundolo / Howard

  123. Brett says:

    Subs – Gomez for Altidore, Beckerman for Dempsey, Zusi for Shea

  124. SBI Troll says:

    3-5-2:
    Jozy – Gomez
    – Dempsey –
    Johnson – Torres – Jones – Cherundolo
    Bocanegra – Cameron – Edu
    Howard