DOHA, Qatar — The U.S. males’s nationwide crew kicks off its World Cup on Monday in opposition to Wales and Gregg Berhalter’s choices for a beginning lineup are plentiful, making his selections removed from simple.
There are key gamers getting back from accidents and never absolutely match, like Weston McKennie and Sergiño Dest. There are attainable starters who’ve been out of motion for a number of weeks attributable to their MLS seasons ending a month in the past, like Jesus Ferreira and Walker Zimmerman.
The excellent news for Berhalter is that he has choices at each place to step in for many who is probably not absolutely match, however he should additionally strike a stability between deploying a lineup that’s as match-fit as attainable and beginning a gaggle that has some expertise enjoying collectively.
Here is a have a look at the beginning lineup we may see Berhalter deploy, and the squad he ought to take into account enjoying in opposition to the Welsh on Monday:
Who will begin: Matt Turner
Who ought to begin: Matt Turner
Matt Turner is the favourite to start out, and enters the match wholesome and able to go. Ethan Horvath has been enjoying extra repeatedly for his membership crew in latest months, however Turner is the first-choice possibility with extra USMNT expertise.
Who will begin: Sergiño Dest, Walker Zimmerman, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson
Who ought to begin: Joe Scally, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson
The Dest-Zimmerman-Aaron Long-Robinson tandem has performed probably the most matches collectively of any attainable group, however the inconvenient reality about this grouping is that solely Robinson has performed many minutes over the previous month and trotting out a again 4 with that little motion in latest weeks might be a recipe for catastrophe.
It is with that in thoughts that Ream is listed within the ‘Who Should Start’ part despite the fact that he and Zimmerman haven’t performed collectively very a lot. Ream’s membership kind at Fulham, and his nationwide crew expertise, make him an ideal possibility at left centerback. He is the one really left-footed central defender on the roster.
In phrases of fullback, Dest hasn’t performed many minutes for AC Milan, although he did return to motion in a formidable second-half cameo final weekend. Is that sufficient to advantage plugging him into the lineup in opposition to a Welsh aspect with some harmful wing choices?
Joe Scally doesn’t have a lot nationwide crew expertise, however he has turn out to be a constant starter within the German Bundesliga for Borussia Moenchengladbach, and is probably the most match-fit of the 4 right-back choices on the roster. Shaq Moore and DeAndre Yedlin have each gone a month since their final official match.
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Who will begin: Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah
Who ought to begin: Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, Yunus Musah
The M-M-A central midfield trio has morphed into Berhalter’s first-choice triangle, however McKennie’s latest harm has saved him out of motion for the previous three weeks.
That ought to open the door for an in-form and absolutely match Brenden Aaronson, who has been enjoying far too properly for Leeds to not discover his approach into the beginning lineup. That doesn’t imply McKennie couldn’t be labored into the opening match after which incomes a begin in opposition to England, however for proper now it appears like it could be a chance to go along with McKennie over Aaronson given their present conditions.
Who will begin: Christian Pulisic, Jesus Ferreira, Gio Reyna
Who ought to begin: Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah
Ferreira has been Berhalter’s go-to striker for a number of months, however Ferreira hasn’t performed a aggressive match in three weeks whereas Sargent enters the World Cup match match and contemporary off scoring a objective in his closing membership match earlier than the World Cup. Berhalter loves Ferreira’s work ethic, his skill to press, and mix, and he may determine that Sargent is a greater possibility to start out in opposition to England, the place he’s better-equipped to deal with the physicality of the English protection.
Pulisic is locked in because the starter on the left wing, whereas the best wing is a bit trickier. Gio Reyna has been eased alongside by Borussia Dortmund, and whereas he has managed to play in 10 matches previously 5 weeks, solely a kind of appearances was longer than 66 minutes.
Tim Weah lately returned from an harm of his personal, however his two straight 90-minute shifts for Lille ought to ease any issues about his health. Starting Weah, then deploying Reyna as a second-half substitute in opposition to Wales makes probably the most sense, particularly with a watch towards beginning Reyna in opposition to England within the USMNT’s second group match.
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