Jurgen Klinsmann has stuck with the same 4-1-3-2 formation the United States deployed against Colombia for this afternoon's game against the Republic of Ireland.
Hardly a full-strength lineup for Ireland either pic.twitter.com/FyPQHZSlLg— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) November 18, 2014
Jozy Altidore will wear the captain's armband for the second time in as many games, this time he will partner with Chris Wondolowski up front. An entirely new defense backline will feature for the American's however, as Timmy Chandler, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron and Fabian Johnson will line up in front of D.C. United keeper Bill Hamid, who makes his second career USMNT cap. Of the defensive corps, only Fabian Johnson featured against Colombia but he played at left midfield.
Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya are back in the midfield, but with F. Johnson moving to the back, Alfredo Morales gets the start out wide as the third of the "attacking" midfielders. Kyle Beckerman will get his second start of the international window in his usual holding role.
Also of note, yes, that is Tim Ream's name on the bench for the USA, he's been brought in to cover for John Anthony Brooks who will miss the game with an injury, per US Soccer:
#USMNT Roster update: Tim Ream has been brought in to replace John Brooks, who is kept out as a precaution with a minor ankle issue.— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) November 18, 2014
Now, I wrote in my preview that I wasn't thrilled with Klinsmann's lineup in the first game among other things, and while I'd like to see more of the youth in this game, let's see how Klinsmann handles his bench at halftime and in the early part of the second half.
Thoughts on the starting lineup? Which young player are you most looking forward to seeing off the bench? Discuss in the comments below and stay with us for commentary throughout the match.