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Which US Players Should Start Against Australia?

  • Jun 4, 2010
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With the game this Saturday (6/5/2010) against Australia the following list are the guys I think should start. This list was inspired by Ives Galarcep and his predictions here. It's the last game before the US take on England in their first match in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. What will Coach Bob Bradley do? Play the starting eleven or allow others to play to make sure there are no injuries? Let me know what you think and you can make your own list as well!
Clint Dempsey
In the first half of the Turkey game, Dempsey wasn't looking that hot and I truly feel he needs to be playing in this game and playing as a forward. It is a great set up for this game considering the fact that Jozy Altidore probably won't play.
Robbie Findley
Everyone doubted this pick, but to be honest with you either Bob Bradley is a genius or he is very lucky. When Findly came on to the pitch in the Turkey game the US looked like a completely different team. Great movement, dribbles a little too much but ultimately did great. We need him in this game to see if that was just a fluke or if he can really show up and play like that.
Landon Donovan
No need to explain this one. He just better not get hurt!
DaMarcus Beasley
We haven't seen much of DaMarcus since the game the US played against The Netherlands. That game probably helped Beasley get on the roster but he now need to show that he can get into a sub position. I really hope Beasley has a good game if he plays. I could see him coming off at halftime and Bradley throwing Holden in or just having Holden start. This is a tough one.
Michael Bradley
Solid midfielder who can always use a game like this before a huge tournament. I think he needs to show pops that he can control the misfield a little better which is what we will need in the England game.
Ricardo Clark
This was a tough pick. It cam down between Clark and Edu. I wouldn't be surprised if Bradely decides to go with Maurice Edu on this one just to keep Ricardo rested and free of injury. We shall see... Maybe even Torres in this spot. Another tough call.
Carlos Bocanegra
The Captain of the team should always start. Even though he had surgery only a few weeks ago, It is hard to tell he was under the knife by the way he look on the pitch. This game Boca needs to focus on leading the team and helping to fill the gaps that Gooch can't fill.
Oguchi Onyewu
Gooch will start in this game, but I wouldn't be shocked if Bradley subs him out for Clearance Goodson. Gooch is not 100% and it's going to be interesting to see what Bradley does with him for the World Cup.
Jay DeMerit
Jay knows whats going on in the back line and with the sketchiness of Gooch and me not being completely sure if Bob Bradley will start either Spector or Cherundolo, I think it would be smart for Bradley to start DeMerit. Mainly to make sure we have some order in our defense. It would suck to go into the World Cup with a loss against Australia because of our defense.
Jonathan Spector
I was between Spector and Cherundolo on this one. Cherundolo is probably the better choice for the England game but I think Bob Bradley should give Spector a little more in game practice before the World Cup starts.
Tim Howard
I don't think I really need to explain this one. Timmy Howard is our top goalie and should start all games including that game against the Czech Rep. What happened there?

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