mercoledì 30 maggio 2012

Who starts? Who sits?

Will the Americans' new high-tempo, high-pressing style work again? This is the question when USMNT will face Brazil at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The game is important for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to know if their new way of playing can be successful against a top team, as ESPN television analyst Alexi Lalas pointed out. Pressing Brazil as the did Scotland could be dangerous, given the Selecao's skills to avoid pressure. Klinsmann could be a bit more conservative but play into Brazil half could help U.S. defense so we could see a high defensive line yet. About the line up, Klinsmann showed to have tactical flexibility but he still could rely on a three men midfield with Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Maurice Edu. The question is if Clint Dempsey will return. In this case, if Klinsmann wants to keep the 4-3-2-1, he could retain José Torres alongside Landon Donovan playing with Dempsey up top. Another way could be to drop one between Edu, Jones, and Bradley to insert Torres in the midfield or to keep out Torres himself. Up top, Hérculez Gómez aside, there are also the options of Jozy Altidore, who just joined the U.S. camp on Monday, and Terrence Boyd. Both Altidore and Boyd needs time to get acclimate. Scottish side was that bad but USMNT will not face Bazil A. By the way. USA will have to contain Neymar, Pato and Hulk.

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