Pick your U.S. starting XI

[HONDURAS-USA] U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named the 24 players -- 23 are allowed to dress -- he brought into training for the opening match of the Hexagonal against Honduras Wednesday in San Pedro Sula (BeIN Sport, BeIN Sport en Espanol, 4 p.m. ET). Weigh in by picking your starting U.S. XI and explaining why in the comments section below ...

U.S. ROSTER (with World Cup qualifying caps/goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Tim Howard (Everton)
Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (9):
Matt Besler (Sporting KC)
Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Edgar Castillo (Tijuana)
Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg)
Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)
Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (8):
Michael Bradley (Roma)
Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
Maurice Edu (Bursaspor)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04)
Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
Jose Torres (Tigres)
Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
FORWARDS (4):
Jozy Altidore (AZ)
Clint Dempsey (Tottenham)
Herculez Gomez (Santos)
Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)

18 comments about "Pick your U.S. starting XI".
  1. Gary Guehler, February 4, 2013 at 2:44 p.m.

    First red card already given for Hexagonal - heard Jermaine Jones got one even before the plane left!

  2. Matt Cox, February 4, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.

    Howard; F Johnson, Bocanegra, Cameron, Chandler; Edu, Bradley, Dempsey; E Johnson, Altidore,

  3. Matt Cox, February 4, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.

    Gomez with the last forward spot

  4. Luis Arreola, February 4, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.

    Howard, Castillo, Bocanegra, Gomez, Chandler, Sacha, Torres, Bradley, Suzie, Dempsey Gomez.

  5. Scott O'Connor, February 4, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.

    Not many surprises with this crew. Glad to see that the captain, Kyle Beckerman, was left off the roster. He's awful at the international level: too slow defensively and can't make a pass (forward) offensively. Chandler will see the field (unless he fakes food poisoning at his agent's request) so that he becomes cap-tied and the whole which nation do I want to play for issue goes away for good.

  6. Scott O'Connor, February 4, 2013 at 6:20 p.m.

    I'd like to see a Gonzalez-Cameron duo start to gel in the back. It would be great to have a wall back there that we can count on going all the way to next summer having time to gel and get used to playing together.

  7. Scott O'Connor, February 4, 2013 at 7:52 p.m.

    My hopeful line-up: Chandler-Gonzalez-Cameron-Fabian on defense. Edu holding mid. Bradley central mid. Zusi/Kljestan R/L mid. Altidore-Dempsey forwards.

  8. Scott O'Connor, February 4, 2013 at 7:55 p.m.

    Likely line-up: Chandler-Boca-Cameron-Castillo on D. Jones holding. Bradley center mid. Williams R mid. Zusi L mid. Altidore-Dempsey forward.

  9. Chris Connelly, February 4, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.

    Still dreaming of the day when i no longer see Jermaine Jones' name on the roster. For now all i can hope for is he doesn't see the field. Waste of a roster spot. On the other hand kudos for the inclusion of Parkhurst, a name that rarely gets mentioned because of his size but is deserved because of his skill and smarts.

  10. jason bay, February 4, 2013 at 8:47 p.m.

    goalie: Howard. Back line: Cherundolo, Marcelo Balboa, Carla Overbeck, (Ghost of)Harry Keough. Midfield: Bradley, Harkes, Reyna or Ramos. Up front: Dempsey, Mia Hamm or Alex Morgan(we need goal scorers)

  11. Bret Newman, February 4, 2013 at 9:16 p.m.

    Ha,ha! Your a funny guy Jason. Don't forget about Clint Mathis, and John O'Brien at mid. Wait, I forgot Johnny O is out with an injury. So I'm going to have to sub O'Brien for Cobi Jones. And let's put my boy Waldo up top with McHead.

  12. Ben Cassalia, February 5, 2013 at 8:16 a.m.

    Howard in net
    F. Johnson on left
    Bocanegra/Cameron center backs
    Chandler on right
    Williams holding mid
    Bradley center
    Zusi on right
    E. Johnson on left
    Dempsey/Altidore up top

    Get Gonzalez a little more experience when possible. Wait for Donovan's return. And Stu Holden makes a big comeback.

  13. Albert Wolf, February 5, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.

    Jason, you're right about what we need. Let's give Gaetjens the nod over Dempsey.

  14. Kerry Solomon, February 5, 2013 at 9:23 a.m.

    Howard, Bocanegra, Cameron, Chandler, Johnson, Bradley, Zusi, Jones, Torres, Dempsey, Gomez
    Evans, Gonzalez, Davis & Williams are off the bench...maybe Altidore & Johnson up front. They both tend to be lazy and they don't work very hard for the ball. Eddie is pretty good in the air and when the midfield figures out that you need to feed Jozy a thru-ball on the ground and let him turn and shoot, they'll see good results.

  15. Kerry Solomon, February 5, 2013 at 9:31 a.m.

    Jason Bay is obviously making a joke but he's almost dead on. Howard is good but none better than Keller and you should not forget Wynalda & McBride. They were true strikers with proven results. The entire list included players that were tough as nails [unlike the existing group] and gave 110%, game in and game out. Those players are the ones you want to wear the US jersey. Full and total commitment!

  16. Albert Harris, February 5, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.

    OK, I'll play along with my choices too for what they're worth (nothing)! I'm thinking Klinsi will go with a 4-2-3-1 since he's playing away with 3 days to get ready in a very hostile environment: Howard; Chandler, Cameron, Bocanegra, F.Johnson; Jones, Bradley; Zusi, Dempsey, E. Johnson; Gomez

  17. Chris Sapien , February 5, 2013 at 8:19 p.m.

    This should freak a few out!
    Dempsey Gomez
    Bradley
    Davis Zusi
    Williams

    Johnson Boca Cameron Parkhurst

    Howard

    Think about it: a Team actually committed to going forward, staying wide (not constantly cutting in like Johnson), and able to combine on the flanks with speed! Not to mention the service Davis & Zusi can provide to two finishers up top and on set pieces! (yes, Davis is over the jitters) And the best team of players not likely to get knocked off the ball a la Torres.

  18. Chris Sapien , February 5, 2013 at 8:24 p.m.

    Try that again:
    ---------Dempsey------Gomez-----------
    ---------------Bradley----------------
    Davis-----------------------------Zusi
    --------------Williams----------------
    Johnson----Boca----Cameron----Parkhurst
    ---------------Howard------------------

    If that doesn't work, ah the hell with it!

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