US vs. Paraguay Preview

The friendly of Paraguay should be more of a showcase for the untested players after Bob Bradley only used two substitutes in the game this weekend. As a note, Edson Buddle has left the team camp which means there are only two forwards left in the squad. Some of the players who are logging heavy minutes in Europe are probably likely to be rested or probably not go 90 minutes. With that in mind, here is the lineup I expect against Paraguay.


With only two forwards, there could be a preference for a 4-2-3-1 formation where I could see Agudelo play on the wings, but Edu or Jones (or even Spector) could start as a holder with Kljestan, Feilhaber, and Donovan playing the in the line of three. The attack could be up for grabs, but I think at some point a 4-4-2 will make an appearance.

Once again, the question will be what can the team learn from this game? The biggest question will be the formation but I still think the team should look to develop flexibility between a 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 formation and use them based on their personnel and opponent as needed. In terms of that personnel, Tim Ream is the player to watch. He does have the ability to play the ball out of the back and this should be a good test for him defensively to show that he can excel in what will be his toughest test to date with the national team.

Another question for me lies with the depth at the wing positions. At the World Cup, the US had no real back-up options to Donovan and Dempsey. This will be a game for Sacha Kljestan to prove he can be an option. Kljestan has been somewhat unfortunate slated by fans and I do believe that he can excel playing a role similar to Dempsey and this is a perfect game for him to prove it. It could be interesting to see if Agudelo can play out there, but there will also be a lot of people looking at Mikkel Diskeruud there, but I still think he will be used as a substitute in this game.

The game should offer more possession than the US had against Argentina and therefore, it will be a better game to look at the attackers who will have a chance to make a significant contribution to the game. It should be a fairly even game and I expect both teams to have chances, but Paraguay are a side that looks to counter which could be a good game for the US to show that they can control a game with possession. It should be an interesting game for lots of the players to make a final push for making the Gold Cup squad.

Be Sociable, Share!
Posted in United States Men's National Team Tagged with: , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


ESS On Facebook

ESS on Twitter