Only once since he took over as head coach has Jurgen Klinsmann
started the same lineup in consecutive games
and it resulted in the USA's first back-to-back wins of the year. But suspensions -- first to Graham Zusi
against Panama and DaMarcus Beasley
for Tuesday's match with Honduras -- have meant more changes to the U.S. lineup. Despite beating Panama, 2-0, in its most comprehensive performance of World Cup 2014
qualifying, the USA could see as many as three changes in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
-- Zusi should return at right midfield, where Eddie
started in Seattle. This is really a no-brainer. The Sporting Kansas City midfielder had solid games in the wins over Germany and Jamaica, finding Jozy
for goals in both games.
-- Despite Johnson's inexperience on the wing, Klinsmann did say after the Panama lineup he could shift him to the left side of midfield in a
double switch that sees Fabian Johnson
move back to his original position on the national team at left back vacated by Beasley, whose late yellow card earned
him an early summer vacation.
Fabian Johnson's work in midfield, particularly as he cuts into the middle, has quietly solidified the midfield, a problem area throughout Klinsmann's
tenure, so he may be kept there against Honduras, whose strength is in its midfield, led by U.S. product and former Sporting Kansas City standout Roger
If Fabian Johnson remains on the left side of midfield, look for Edgar Castillo
to finally get a start at left back, becoming the
sixth player to start at that position in 12 qualifiers. Castillo had a nightmare at left back in his late stint against Germany, but he was coming off a long trip from Brazil, where he started in
Tijuana's Libertadores Cup match three days earlier. He did play better off the bench in Jamaica though he was playing in midfield in that game.
-- The only other question concerns Michael Bradley
's partner in midfield.
Starting in place of Jermaine Jones
, who was held out of the game with a
concussion picked up in Jamaica, Geoff Cameron
had a strong game in front of the back four and as cover for Bradley moving forward. The Stoke City player took
advantage of the low pressure Panama put in midfield to provide key passes in the buildup to the goals.
Honduras is much stronger in midfield, so look for Jones to return to the starting
lineup if he is cleared by doctors.