U.S. looks to keep up impressive run of form with Brazil up next
Three thoughts on my mind heading into the U.S.'s friendly with Brazil in the Washington, D.C., area on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2/3, Telefutura):
Tim Howard; Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Fabian Johnson; Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley; Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, José Torres; Hérculez Gómez.
If Klinsmann wants to include Dempsey but be a bit more conservative, he could stick with the 4-3-2-1, keep the three central mids (Edu, Jones, Bradley) and drop Torres. I do think we'll see Oguchi Onyewu back in the central defense now that he has been back in camp for a few days, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Gómez get a start up top. Jozy Altidore just joined the U.S. camp on Monday, owing to his club AZ Alkmaar's refusal to release him before the FIFA international window, and it seems unlikely he'd start so soon thereafter. Perhaps youngster Terrence Boyd could get the nod instead, but Gómez was prolific enough for Mexican champ Santos last season that Klinsmann may give him the chance here.
Jefferson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo; Sandro, Rômulo, Oscar, Lucas Moura; Neymar, Hulk.
It may just be a friendly, but as friendlies go it doesn't get much bigger than this.