FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- It's friendly time again for the U.S. men's national team, which meets Honduras on Saturday in Miami (6 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer, Univisión) and Ecuador this Tuesday in Harrison, N.J. (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Univisión, ESPN3.com). Here are four things on my mind heading into this week's games:
No surprise here. The Everton man has been playing well in England.
My guess is we'll see Onyewu start one game and Orozco Fiscal the other in the center. The experiment with Chandler at left back could continue, though German-American debutante Danny Williams and Jonathan Spector are also options.
Tough to know for sure with Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu also possibilities here. But Beckerman has shown well in this spot under Klinsmann and (unlike the other two) is a defense-only kind of player for the national team.
There's no natural right-sided midfield option in camp, so we might see any number of choices, including Chandler (who has played right midfield in Germany), Dempsey (who would be expected to cut inside often) or even Shea if Klinsmann elected to put someone like DaMarcus Beasley out on the left flank.
There aren't a lot of forward options right now; the others in camp are Juan Agudelo (who hasn't been playing much in MLS), Edson Buddle (who was a late replacement for Donovan) and Teal Bunbury (who has started scoring again for Kansas City).