martedì 26 marzo 2013

USMNT vs Mexico

After the much questioned 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in a blizzard in Denver, USMNT will try to earn its first victory in a qualifying match in Mexico, where the current overall record is 0-13-1. Estadio Azteca maintains its mystique as one of the greatest stadiums in international soccer and the greatest in CONCACAF soccer. The game will be not easy for the United States. After using 24 different lineups in 24 games, coach Jurgen Klinsmann will change again after midfielder Jermaine Jones suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out against the Ticos. In Kyle Beckerman, Sacha Kljestan, and Joe Corona the German coach has plenty of options to sub Jones but the most probable man to be inserted in the middle of the pitch is Maurice Edu, now playing with Turkey’s Bursaspor. The backline would probably be the same that faced Costa Rica, with Clarence Goodson and Omar Gonzalez as centre-backs, Geoff Cameron at right back, and DaMarcus Beasley at left back. Another option could be to move Edu in the middle of the flat four, pairing him with Goodson and leaving Cameron and Beasley out wide. That could include Beckerman in front of them. A Beckerman- Michael Bradley duo would be able to protect the back line. Both Cameron and Gonzalez had a bad day as central defenders against Honduras and still could have trouble covering Javier Hernández and Andres Guardado. Whatever Klinsmann decides on,  U.S. will have to don't park the bus and to be tactically smart: a win and three points are not a must as a draw could be enough for Klinsmann's side so we could see Bradley, Beckerman, and Edu all toghether in a three man midfield through the game.

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