With a difficult grudge match looming against Costa Rica today, Jurgen Klinsmann has some decisions to make in order to maintain the confidence and chemistry shown during this seven-game winning streak.
Some of the positions on the field are not in flux, as we can expect Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando and DaMarcus Beasley to all get the starting nod come game time.
The former two have been consistently good in the group matches and Beasley seems to be the only real lock on a back line that has delivered mixed results against lackluster teams in Guatemala, Belize and Cuba. Beasley's impressive performances in World Cup Qualifying games are further evidence to justify his starting spot as well.
With three spots down, there are eight spots remaining to help bolster the United States' chances of finishing group play undefeated, entering the quarterfinals with an easier opponent, and most surprisingly, improving to a historic team high eight-game winning streak.
The surprising element comes with the idea that this group of players for the United States is generally regarded as their "B" team, with some players like Donovan and Chris Wondolowski gaining consideration for the "A" team.
If today's match results in a victory, the U.S. Men's National team's recent success will be even more impressive given the fact that Costa Rica has six of the 11 starters from the infamous "Snow Game" in which we saw the United States grab a 1-0 victory that was criticized and caused protests from Costa Rican soccer officials; the "Snow Game" was a World Cup Qualifying game, making the result that much more important.
Seeing as this is the last game before the quarterfinals, Klinsmann should look for some continuity in the lineups he will be using from here on out.
Most likely, the lineup we see tonight will be the lineup he sends out in the following game as well, barring an injury or a poor performance from the players under consideration to start.
So who will Klinsmann start against Costa Rica?