September 9, 2009


U.S. needs win in Trinidad badly (Grant Wahl, 9/09/09, ESPN SoccerNet)

The U.S. figures to make a few changes from the lineup that beat El Salvador 2-1 on Saturday. Coach Bob Bradley said Oguchi Onyewu will return to the central defense after serving a one-game yellow-card suspension. Onyewu has been training with the team all week, and Bradley said he's not concerned that the AC Milan player hasn't played a competitive game since the U.S.-Mexico qualifier almost a month ago.

Bradley has a couple of options for the rest of the back line. He could use Chad Marshall in the center next to Onyewu and put Carlos Bocanegra on the left, but I suspect Bocanegra will play in the center, leaving Bradley with a decision: Does he continue on the left with Jonathan Bornstein, who struggled on Saturday? Or does he move Jonathan Spector from the right side to the left (where he plays for West Ham) and put Steve Cherundolo on the right?

That's what I suspect will happen, and we'll see (from left to right): Spector - Bocanegra - Onyewu - Cherundolo. If Spector does move to the left, it will be important for Cherundolo to show that his crosses can be just as dangerous as Spector's have been in recent months.

Otherwise, I think the only change we'll see is in the central midfield, where Ricardo Clark could return to the lineup replacing Benny Feilhaber. That would mean a midfield of: Donovan - Clark - Michael Bradley - Clint Dempsey.

Up top, I figure we'll again see Jozy Altidore and Charlie Davies, provided that Davies is OK after leaving the game on Saturday in the second half with a thigh contusion.

Dempsey-Altidore (sub Davies and Torres with 20 minutes left, moving Donovan forward)



Pearce-Gooch--Marshall-Spector (Cherundolo on for Spector in the 2nd half)


And somebody better man-mark Kenwynne Jones even if Coach Bradleyu doesn't believe in marking at all....

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2009 1:55 PM
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