Altidore missing up front... Holden missing down the flank.... no Tim Ream/Onyewu in the centre of the defense. Fabian Johnson, Jose Torres, Geoff Cameron, and Terrance Boyd in the starting XI. I thought Scotlands roster was much stronger.
But apparently it was a perfect fitting. Im very interested how they will do against a depleted Brazil side tomorrow.
Just picking your brain here because you bring up at least one interesting question for me. Where do you think Holden fits if Klinsmann plays the 4-1-4-1 that he played against Scotland? Dempsey doesn't like playing up top by himself so I would think he and Donovan would be the nailed on wingers. Maybe when Dempsey is available again he goes back to the 4-4-1-1 and plays Holden, when healthy, out wide with Clint at AM?
I am beginning to believe the Cameron is going to be given every chance over the next two matches to win the spot next to Boca and I think Fabian Johnson is the favorite to be the LB with Chandler seemingly out of the picture.
As you said it will be interesting to see what they do against Brazil. Even if it is a weakened Brazil side.
Know you didn't direct your question toward me, but.....I've been thinking a lot about this myself. IF The U.S. get back to full strength (Donovan & Demps on the field at the same time and w/ 100% fit Holden), I would tend to believe that Klinsman would replace one of his defensive minded triumvirate (Bradley, Jones, Edu) with Holden. I think the loser in that situation is Edu as he is the least accurate passer IMO. Once Dempsey is healthy, I believe that Torres is likely on the wrong end of the stick with Donovan taking over his responsibilities of setting the table for Dempsey and Altidore.
And I would love to see Cameron continue to get opportunities. He's a Klinsman CB if ever there was one. But, he's got to find some way of changing his luck. He's had a questionable red card and an own goal in two games in a row. He seems a little over-awed at the moment and just needs to get past that.