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The problem for the U.S. right now is that very few of their players are natural wide players.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has shown a willingness to use Danny Williams, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Eddie Johnson and Herculez Gomez out wide, but none of them are natural wingers.
That being said, Johnson has been much more effective when played wide for the U.S. than when he plays up top and Jones was surprisingly effective as a wide midfielder in the Russia friendly last November.
Bob Bradley showed a willingness to use Stuart Holden out wide, but again, it is not his natural position. Joe Corona can be used wide, but typically plays as a central attacking midfielder with Tijuana.
Clint Dempsey has been used as a wide player by Fulham, Tottenham and the U.S men's squad, but as he is the most consistent scorer for the U.S., the team needs him as close to the net as possible. In addition, Landon Donovan was not deemed to be good enough to make the current roster.
The options are quickly thinning among the U.S. natural wide players for the U.S. Brek Shea will miss the Belgium game due to injury and DaMarcus Beasley will be needed at left-back with Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo missing the game due to club commitments, and Corey Ashe withdrawing from the squad due to injury.
Brad Davis and Graham Zusi are the only two healthy, natural wide players currently on the U.S.’ roster.