DOHA, Qatar — The U.S. males’s nationwide staff’s World Cup-opening match in opposition to Wales was a bodily battle that might be tough for some American gamers to get well from in time for Friday’s match in opposition to England, however we should always nonetheless lots of the similar starters in Gregg Berhalter’s lineup.
With the attainable exceptions of Weston McKennie and Sergiño Dest, who have been among the many first gamers substituted in opposition to Wales after being query marks to start out within the lead-up to the opener, the opposite 9 gamers who began in opposition to Wales must be bodily prepared to start out once more on Friday, although some squad rotation might happen as Berhalter weighs up his choices.
Gio Reyna wasn’t used in opposition to Wales, which got here as a serious shock, however the transfer was apparently extra a precaution with a watch towards the remainder of the group stage, so we shouldn’t be stunned if Berhalter provides him the beginning nod on Friday.
Berhalter could have some selections to make at striker and proper again as effectively, two spots the place there are stable choices for the USMNT to rotate though Josh Sargent carried out effectively in opposition to Wales.
Here’s a nearer take a look at the beginning lineup we might see Berhalter deploy, and the squad SBI would advocate Berhalter think about enjoying in opposition to England on Monday:
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Who will begin: Matt Turner
Who ought to begin: Matt Turner
Matt Turner was stable in opposition to Wales, making two saves and placing himself in good spots recurrently, save for his late-game foray up the sector, which practically yielded an opportunity for the Welsh.
Who will begin: Sergiño Dest, Walker Zimmerman, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson
Who ought to begin: Joe Scally, Tim Ream, Walker Zimmerman, Antonee Robinson
Dest had some good moments in opposition to Wales, however didn’t have the affect within the assault you’ll have hoped for. Gregg Berhalter can select to go along with a extra defensively stable possibility at proper again in Shaq Moore to take care of England’s harmful wing threats.
The choice that we are able to see working effectively is Joe Scally at proper again, the place he can companion with former New York Metropolis FC academy teammate Gio Reyna on the proper flank.
At centerback, Walker Zimmerman and Tim Ream ought to get the nod as soon as once more. They partnered to play a stable match in opposition to Wales earlier than Zimmerman’s blunder to surrender a penalty.
Among the many different centerback choices, Cameron Carter-Vickers can be an attention-grabbing possibility, and never solely due to the subplot of him dealing with England, the place he was born and raised. Carter-Vickers and Aaron Lengthy usually tend to be candidates to face Iran within the ultimate group match.
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Who will begin: Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah
Who ought to begin: Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, Yunus Musah
Adams was excellent in opposition to Wales and is among the solely gamers Berhalter is more likely to think about for beginning roles in all three group matches, and whereas Musah struggled bodily within the second half in opposition to Wales, he ought to get the beginning nod as soon as once more.
The true query is simply how succesful is Weston McKennie of beginning his second match in 4 days? He got here off early in opposition to Wales and appeared to have a problem along with his leg. Berhalter is more likely to need McKennie’s energy within the midfield if he’s wholesome, but when he isn’t 100% then Brenden Aaronson must be the gamers he turns to.
Aaronson’s tenacity and creativity might make him an excellent possibility off the bench, like he was in opposition to Wales, however the USMNT will probably be better-suited to take care of England’s harmful midfield threats if Aaronson is within the beginning lineup and buzzing round making use of stress.
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Who will begin: Christian Pulisic, Jesus Ferreira, Gio Reyna
Who ought to begin: Christian Pulisic, Tim Weah, Gio Reyna
Gio Reyna’s absence on Monday turned a serious subplot, however Gregg Berhalter’s cautious strategy to dealing with the Borussia Dortmund star ought to have him able to face England. He doesn’t present the velocity risk Tim Weah brings to the wing, however his imaginative and prescient and skill to take advantage of gaps in opposing defenses make him a key to the USMNT’s probabilities of pulling the upset.
Josh Sargent carried out effectively within the goal striker function in opposition to Wales, however Berhalter might select to go along with Jesus Ferreira in opposition to England, the place Ferreira’s quickness and skill to mix make him a viable possibility. Sargent’s physicality make him well-suited to take care of England’s massive defenders and Berhalter might deploy him with a watch towards inserting Ferreira within the second half.
One possibility for Berhalter to think about is beginning Tim Weah at striker, the place his velocity risk would open areas for Pulisic and Reyna to take advantage of. Weah isn’t a conventional goal striker, however his tempo and well-timed runs might punish the English back-line.
What do you consider the projected USMNT Beginning XI vs. England? Would you moderately see the SBI Most well-liked XI?
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