Tonight it’s about redemption of character. The players of the USMNT have an opportunity to prove that they are 2018 World Cup caliber. A win is must as is a clean sheet and multiple goals(more than 3). The talent is there. The question at hand is the desire there? And, is the chemistry there?
The opponent is a team from Martinique (a tiny is island in the Caribbean). Les Matinino as their called are looking to fulfill this years cinderalla story(just like Jamaica did in 2015). Most of their players play for the local islands major clubs: Club Franciscain, Club Colonial and Golden Lion. Although a handful of their players play internationally( 1 MLS, 1 in Poland, 2 in France), they lack experience at this level, but are riding high in confidence as they upset Nicaragua 2-0, and now sit at the top of the table with 3 points. We can expect them to be cautious as they play in a defensive style looking for a tie and possibly capitalizing on quick counter attacks. Having said that they have nothing to loose. As team they are inconsistent. Conceding an early goal will definitely put more pressure on them and could open more scoring opportunities for the USMNT. ** An interesting note about the roster of Les Matininos is that the coach has called up mostly the local players rather than opting for some of the players that are currently tied to clubs in France and else where in Europe. ***
At this point it is hard to tell how coach Arena is going to approach the starting lineup. It could be a complete new squad to provide rest his players from the Panama match. He could also keep some of the players that he thinks need the experience as well as opportunity to redeem themselves. Hard to tell.
Brad Guzman should get the start
Option 1. Keep the same squad
Option 2. Switch out at least 1 central defender and 1 outside defender.
first in line I believe is Matt Hedges for Omar Gonzalez and possibly Justin Morrow for Villafana(even though I believe he has shown well and had succes when moving forward and attacking)
Matt Miazga for Bessler and Eric Lichay for Zusi. **I would like to see Lichay.**
a whole new back line: Morrow, Miazga, Hedges, Lichay
Overall, I’m not worried with any and all combinations.
I believe it is a good opportunity to start Zardes and Arriola on the outside.
The question is do we keep Acosta and McCarty as a pair or do we bring fresh legs(Roldan). If we bring in Roldan, do we pair him with someone with more experience like Bedoya or do we keep either Acosta or McCarty? I think Acosta needs the experience but not sure who the proper pairing would be?
We could mix it up by bringing fresh legs in Agudelo and Morris.
Having said that, Dwyer has 2 goals in 2 games and he is playing in front of his college hometown. So, do we keep him and give Corona another chance or do we go with Agudelo who showed better against Panama?
too many possibilities.
Tune-in and find out Wednesday July 12, 2017. 9PM EST/6PM PST FS1,Unimas, UDN.