USA-Brazil Preview: Oct. 10 lineup comes into focus

No team has dominated the USA quite like Brazil, winner of 16 of 17 meetings, including the last nine in a row. But Tuesday night's friendly isn't just about ending that losing streak. It's about preparing for the Oct. 10 Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico. Here are three storylines to follow.

U.S. Friendly:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
USA vs. Brazil, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
(8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN).

1. U.S. lineup for playoff game comes into focus.

Based on what Jurgen Klinsmann has said recently and whom he played on Friday night against Peru, it's clear who he'd like to start against Mexico, assuming everyone is healthy:

Guzan
Johnson-Gonzalez-Brooks-Beasley
Yedlin-Jones-Bradley-Zardes
Dempsey-Altidore

The only question mark might be Omar Gonzalez, who played the first half against Peru before giving way to Ventura Alvarado, but he has a big edge in experience, having started in the last four USA-Mexico meetings, beginning with the 0-0 tie in Azteca Stadium in March 2013.

Fabian Johnson, DaMarcus Beasley and Clint Dempsey aren't available for Tuesday's game, so it will be a chance for Geoff Cameron and Tim Ream to again make their case for starting jobs if Johnson or Beasley can't go.

The Brazil game will mark the return of Michael Bradley, who played in Toronto FC's MLS match at Seattle before joining the USA. Probably the most important thing to watch in the game is how well Jermaine Jones and Bradley play, if Jones starts.

Theirs has been an uneasy partnership but at the 2014 World Cup they had Kyle Beckerman playing behind them. How well they share the defensive duties and trade off coming forward will go a long way toward determining how the USA does against Brazil -- and presumably Mexico a month later.

2. Brooks and Yedlin are in line to start.

Of the field players we've projected to start against Mexico, only John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin and Gyasi Zardes were not starters at the 2014 World Cup. Brooks and Yedlin both came off the bench -- with great results -- while Zardes joined the national team in January.

Klinsmann values Brooks and Yedlin so much that he confirmed both will stay with the senior team for the Confederations Cup game against Mexico instead of joining the under-23 team for Olympic qualifying. Brooks and Yedlin are both age-eligible for the U-23s though their clubs, Hertha Berlin and Sunderland, respectively, would not have had to release them for Olympic qualifying, which begins Oct. 1. The key game of Olympic qualifying is the semifinal, which will take place Oct. 10 -- the same day as the Confederations Cup playoff.

Both Brooks and Yedlin started against Peru. Brooks came off in the second half for Matt Besler, who has returned to Sporting Kansas City. Yedlin played the entire game and helped set up Jozy Altidore's winning goal. Brooks sat out practice on Sunday with tightness in his leg but Klinsmann said he should be available to play against Brazil.

3. Klinsmann prizes Jordan Morris.

Klinsmann thinks so highly of Jordan Morris, who played key roles in friendly wins this year over Mexico, the Netherlands and Germany, that he says he hasn't decided if the Stanford University junior will go with the senior team that will face Mexico or join the U-23s for Olympic qualifying.

Morris, who is coming off surgery for a stress fracture, joined the USA on Sunday after playing three games for Stanford. He skipped Sunday's 2-0 win over VCU. Klinsmann said the decision to recall Morris was made after it was decided that Dempsey would stay in Seattle.

Morris will join Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood as options for the second forward role behind Altidore against Brazil and should see playing time.

"Jordan is just getting better every game right now with Stanford," Klinsmann said. "We've had people out there watching his games.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Greg Garza (Atlas/MEX), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Tijuana/MEX), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City/ENG).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Veracruz/MEX), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt/GER), Danny Williams (Reading/ENG), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham/ENG).
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen/GER), Jordan Morris (Stanford Univ.), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen/GER), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy).

Brazil Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio), Alisson (Internacional).
DEFENDERS (8): Daniel Alves (Barcelona/SPA), David Luiz (Paris SG/FRA), Marquinhos (Paris SG/FRA), Miranda (Inter Milan), Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal/ENG), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid/SPA), Danilo (Real Madrid/SPA), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Luis Gustavo (Wolfsburg/GER), Fernandinho (Man. City/ENG), Elias (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea/ENG), Oscar (Chelsea/ENG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Willian (Chelsea/ENG), Kaka (Orlando City), Lucas Lima (Santos).
FORWARDS (4): Neymar (Barcelona/SPA), Lucas (Paris SG/FRA), Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg/RUS), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich/GER).

6 comments about "USA-Brazil Preview: Oct. 10 lineup comes into focus".
  1. Santiago 1314, September 8, 2015 at 12:24 a.m.

    For Brazil Game...Best 11.. Howard // Ream-Brooks-Gonzo-Cameron // Jones // Zardis-Bradley-Yedlin // Johanson // Altidore

  2. Santiago 1314, September 8, 2015 at 12:41 a.m.

    JK will do something screwy, Like... Guzan // Garza-Alvarado-Besler-Cameron // Jones // Bedoya-Bradley-Yedlin // Wood // Altidore

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, September 8, 2015 at 7:58 p.m.

    I Told you JK would pick some Bizarre Line-Up... Same formation from WC 2014... Bedoya for PeckerHair... Zardes for Bedoya... Bradley More UP FRONT then he Should be..."I Vill Shoe Does Dumcoff UNEDUCATED Amerikans who is DA Speil Fuehrur"...

  4. Santiago 1314, September 8, 2015 at 12:47 a.m.

    So, u23 will be without Morris, Brooks and Yedlin for Qualification...See now how bad JK screwed up by not winning the Gold Cup this Summer,,, and everyone said NO Big Deal...If USA doesn't qualify for Confed Cup and Olympics...Then JK and Crew Should be let go...Right Sunil ????

  5. Santiago 1314, September 8, 2015 at 8:26 p.m.

    Can The Emperor of "Friendlies" pull off another one.???...Emperor??... Because he is "THE EMPEROR WHO HAS NO CLOTHES"...He does Great when he has 7(Seven) SUBS to Correct his Bizarre Line-Ups and Formations that he Starts with...But he can't pull it off with just 3 Subs, That is why he even struggles against the likes of Honduras, Haiti and Jamaica.!!!

  6. Santiago 1314, September 8, 2015 at 11:17 p.m.

    I told you all that JK would pull some Weird “FLAKEY” Crap…**Re-POST**…Santiago 1314 commented on: September 8, 2015 at 12:41 a.m…”JK will do something screwy, Like... Guzan // Garza-Alvarado-Besler-Cameron // Jones // Bedoya-Bradley-Yedlin // Wood // Altidore
    …ALVARADO and OROZCO was a Disaster from the start.. .. Usually with his 7(SEVEN) SUBS he is able to fix it at Half-Time …But He Really Threw the Game at Half by NOT Subbing JONES…JONES was Dead from minute 25,,,I understand that he is “playing him into Shape”…I hope it was worth it: We won’t know until the Oct.10th…We Played with 10 from minute 25…So I Don’t blame any of the Defenders for Poor Timing on Tackles or Positioning… WOOD for Zardes.???...That was a Joke.!!!!...Bradley was Sacrificed Again, to play in Dempsey’s Spot; JUST LIKE WC in Brazil…!!!...Same Results; DISASTER for Team Shape…Disaster For Preparation versus Mexico…If Dempsey is NOT fit,..It Must Be JOHANSSON that plays @ Lo-Forward… GUZMAN; Shot Stopper, but NOT a GAME SAVER, like HOWARD….C’mon JK.!!! GET EDUCATED.!!!!.. and you better find some Clothes before the 10th Mi Emperor

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