It’s the biggest game of the year for the US men’s national team, and quite possibly the toughest lineup decision of Bruce Arena’s second stint in charge of the program.
The USMNT face off against their arch-rivals Mexico in a World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca on Sunday evening (8:30 pm ET; FS1, Univision, UDN in United States). The match is taking place in the high altitude and polluted air of Mexico City barely 72 hours after Thursday’s 2-0 win over Trinidad Tobago, and of course, El Tri are always expected to attack relentlessly and in waves at their fearsome fortress.
So with so much pressure and so many physiological demands being placed on his team’s collective shoulders, Arena has to decide how best to arrange his team, and where to make adjustments to the starting lineup that beat TT in a 4-4-2 (more or less) formation at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado.
“The Bruce” won’t be in any hurry to reveal what he’s thinking between now and when the gameday rosters drop in the countdown to kickoff on Sunday. But here’s how I’d line them up in Distrito Federal (and you can build your own starting XI over at American Soccer Now’s fun lineup generator)…