Jozy Altidore should start at forward with Clint Dempsey near him on the pitch in some type of supporting role. While most of the Panamanian squad is full of inexperience, they will be able to rely on Jaime Penedo in goal and Blas Perez up top. We might also see Gabriel Torres of the Colorado Rapids at some point next to Perez in a 4-4-2, but Rolando Blackburn is also in contention for a starting position. If manager Hernan Gomez opts to utilize one forward, Perez should be the go-to guy. The back four will boast a bit of familiarity with the international game, as Harold Cummings and Leonel Parris have made a combined 51 appearances for Panama.
Manager Jurgen Klinsmann experimented with a 3-5-2 in the first half against Chile but reverted back to a 4-4-2 in the second half. Just like he did against Chile, Klinsmann will choose the formation that best suits the personnel in his starting 11. If he is willing to hand a few young players a chance, Matt Hedges could anchor the back line with Jermaine Jones moving back into midfield. If that is an option, Klinsmann would be able to use the 3-5-2 again. One of the few sure things in regards to Klinsmann's player selection is who will be up top.
Colombia (Nov. 14)L 0-1 vs. Mexico (Oct. 12)L 1-4 vs. Republic of Ireland (Nov. 18)W 3-1 vs. El Salvador (Nov. 14)L 2-3 vs. Chile (Jan. 28)D 0-0 vs. Canada (Nov. 18)FIFASince their 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in September, the United States have hit a rough patch of form. The biggest concern from their last few games is the high number of goals conceded by the defense. The timing of the strikes has not been ideal either, as the Yanks have let in six goals after the 75th minute over the last five matches.
Players to Watch United States: Michael BradleyIt is difficult to select a single player to watch for the USMNT because most of the players are under the microscope at the moment due to the the squad's poor form. Luis Hidalgo/Associated PressMichael Bradley is the player who makes the United States midfield tick, and if he is able to dictate the pace of the game, the Yanks should come out on top. The Toronto FC player was lined up in his preferred deep-lying role against Chile, but he failed to make a major impact on the match.
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