Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lineup Predictions?

The best part of game day for fans and pundits alike - minus, the game of course - is trying to figure out the starting XI that Bob Bradley will put out. The media are given the list one hour before kickoff, the same time that fans of the MNT blog get a peek.

But since that moment is still several hours away, let the predictions begin. Who do you think will be taking the field when the USA seeks to maintain their hold on the top spot of the final round hexagonal?

(We could post ours, but that would be cheating ...)

29 comments:

Gabe said...

Okay, I'll play...

Very pumped for the game tonight. Doesn't come on till 1230am here though.

Here's what I think we'll see:

---------Ching------------

Beasley----Landon-----Dempsey

-----Torres-----Bradley------

Pearce--Bocanegra--Onyewu--Hedjuk

----------Howard---------------


Here's what I'd love to of see though:

---------------Jozy---------------

Dempsey------Adu----------Landon

--------Torres---Bradley------------

Beasley--Boca-----Gooch-----Spector

------------Timmy--------------

Daniel said...

Do we think Adu will be in this roster? If not, the US have used the kid. Really is sad what they are doing to him... esp. after everything he has done for the Country growing up. Really couldn't imagine what's going through his head.

Gabe said...

Daniel, settle down man. Freddy is 20 year old kid. He'll be fine. He's not playing for his club right now, so it's not shocking that he isn't getting minutes for the nats. He isn't owed anything, nor is he entitled to caps, especially if he's not getting club minutes. Good for Bob calling him up and letting him train with the team anyway.

That said, I'd love to see him come off the bench tonight. I think he provides a spark, as well as unique qualities and capabilities nobody else in the squad has.

Matthew said...

I agree completely with Gabe's lineup predictions and with his lineup for what I'd like to see.

Army of Dad said...

I am not going to guess what we will see, but rather here is what I would like to see.

----Ching-----Jozy------

Dempsey----Torres----Landon

---------Bradley--------

Spector---Bocs---Gooch---Hejduk

---------Howard--------

Binni said...

I think it'll be a standard 4-4-2 with Bradley, Pearce, Guzan, Califf, and Kljestan moving to the bench as Mastroeni, Bornstein, Howard, Onyewu, and Altidore starting in their places. They will lineup like this:

Ching Altidore
Beasley Donovan Mastroeni Dempsey
Bornstein Bocanegra Onyewu Hedjuk
Howard

Matt K. said...

-----------Ching------------

Beasley----Donovan----Deuce

----Torres-------Bradley----

Spector--Boca--Gooch--Hejduk

----------Howard------------

M & M said...

what i'd like to see:

-------howard----------

hejduk-gooch-boca-beasley

donovan-bradley-torres-dempsey

------ching---altidore------

Sean said...

-----Jozy---Ching----
---------Adu--------
--Torres--Bradley--Edu
Pearce--Boca--Gooch--Hedjuk

Sub Kljestan 60'

Sean said...

With Howard in goal

M & M said...

Correction:

-------howard----------

hejduk-gooch-boca-beasley

dempsey-bradley-torres-donovan

------ching---altidore------

Edu on for a central mid if needed.
Adu on for Ching around 60.
spector for beasley if needed.

KYDJ said...

-----Altidore-----Ching------
Dempsey-----------------Donovan
------Torres-----Bradley-----
Spector--Gooch--Boca--Hedjuk
-----------Howard------------

ryanwilson_ftw said...

I'm sorry but whats all the hype on Brian Ching, he can't play up top alone. How is he better than Altidore? Altidore has done nothing but absolutely perform with minimal time. Just give him a shot at a full 90, please!

Give Adu a chance as well. Jose really impressed me.

Did anyone else love seeing Beasley back deep on the field?

Here's what I'd LIKE to see....

-----Altidore+Dempsey-----
Torres--Bradley--Donovan--Adu
Beasley--Onyewu--Carlos(c)--Wynne
----------Howard------------

Roland said...

I'd like to see more of Altidore and Torres.


-----Ching---Altidore----
Beasley-----------Donovan
-----Torres--Bradley-----
Spector-Boca-Gooch-Hejduk
--------[Howard]---------

JPARMZ said...

----------Ching------
---------Donovan------

Beasley--Bradley--Pablo--Dempsey

Pearch--Boca--Gooch--Hejduk

--------Timmy-------

subs: possibly freddy, jose, jozy, eddie TODAY!? maurice again..?

Jeff said...

Agree with Gabe, except I don't see Torres starting quite yet. My guess is Pablo will be in there.

Robbie said...

Honestly, the above poster is right. Ching can do nothing as a lone forward. Altidore can but still sits behind Ching.

The only time Ching is effective is when he has Altidore to lay off to. So either Bradley is going to have to switch to a 4-4-2 or sit Ching. I don't know if Ching has compromising pictures of Bradley but it doesn't seem like Bradley is willing to do either.

Adu needs to see the field. He's been the best player on the field in every NT game he's been in for the past year.

Ideal lineup:
----------Altidore------
-----------Adu----------
Donovan---Torres----Dempsey
-----Edu------Bradley---
Spector--Boca--Gooch--Hejduk

At all costs get Altidore on the field and Pearce/Beasley off of it.

Robbie said...

I guess I left Howard off the field....:).

Take out Edu and go with that.

Amanda said...

Altidore definitely needs to be in on more action. His impact on Saturday's game was both obvious to anyone watching and exciting!

Gabe said...

Oh, good call Jeff. I forgot about Mastro. You're right probably, I think he'll get the nod.

Mr. Fish said...

Per Goff: Adu, Spector, Pearce and Califf not in uniform for USA tonight.

Terry said...

What are you people thinking putting Beasley at left back again..Did yall not see the 15 or 20 minutes of absolute terrible U-14 girl defending that he did and why play Beasley at left back when we have 2 capable left backs on the team

Howard

Hejduk Gooch Boca Bornstien

Dempsey Bradley Torres Klejstan

Landon
Altidore

I know some of you might wonder why Klejstan out wide but anything to get Beasley off the field..I think Klejstan and Dempsey will both tuck in a little bit allowing Hejduk and Bornstien to go forward.

Zack said...

This should be the lineup.

-----Altidore----
Beasley--Adu-Landon---Dempsey
---Edu---Bradley---
---Pearce--Boca---Spector---
---Howard---


But it wont be. : /

Syed "Zack" said...

-----Ching-----Altidore---

Dempsey------------------Donovan

------Bradley-------Mastroeni-------

Beasley---Bocanegra---Onyewu--Hejduk

-----------Howard----------------------

Zack said...

Why do my posts never make it on?

Terry said...

What are you people thinking putting Beasley at left back again..Did yall not see the 15 or 20 minutes of absolute terrible U-14 girl defending that he did and why play Beasley at left back when we have 2 capable left backs on the team

Howard

Hejduk Gooch Boca Bornstien

Dempsey Bradley Torres Klejstan

Landon
Altidore

I know some of you might wonder why Klejstan out wide but anything to get Beasley off the field..I think Klejstan and Dempsey will both tuck in a little bit allowing Hejduk and Bornstien to go forward.

mcadaal said...

---------Ching-----Altidore-------

Dempsey--------------------Donovnan

-----Bradley-----Mastroni------
Beasley--Bocanegra--Onyewu--Hedjuk

----------Howard---------------

robo55 said...

Pocession football is a great way to get all pitch players involved, but when Mr Bradley's son turns the ball over without a shot on goal the crowd gets anxious. Shoot the rocket from outside and let the fans steer the sphere into the net.

thizzlemountain said...

Right?!?!?! beas is an awesome left back but serously i was kinda worried that he was gonna make a mistake ur something. It made the game alot more exciting seein him back there.