Over the next six days, the Yanks have a chance to put away any doubts over whether they’ll qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Wins against Costa Rica and Honduras can, depending on what happens in the other Hex matches, either lock up their spot, or come very close.
Both matches are winnable, too. Costa Rica is tough and has the best goalkeeper in CONCACAF in Keylor Navas, but we tend to do well against the Ticos at home. And while Central American road games are especially tough for the US, Honduras is pretty bad. It isn’t crazy to think we win both, but this is CONCACAF so anything can happen.
So who starts for the US Friday night? We’re thinking Bruce Arena keeps it simple, with a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield:
Howard – Villafana, Gonzalez, Cameron, Zusi – Bradley (CDM), Johnson (LM), Nagbe (RM), Pulisic (CAM), Altidore, Wood.
Unless there’s something we’re dying to talk about, we aren’t planning our regular Thursday show, but we will have a USA-Costa Rica post-match show for you Friday night. See you then.
Go USA. Wondo lives.