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Looking forward, there is still much work to be done. Klinsmann must sort out his depth at center-back with an apparent battle now ensuing being Clarence Goodson and Omar Gonzalez for the No. 2 spot next to Matt Besler.
Geoff Cameron might also be in the mix should he not be needed out wide or as a holding midfielder, but his lack of first-team minutes at center-back for Stoke City may limit his chances for the U.S. at that position.
The announcement this week that dual national John Anthony Brooks will be joining the team for the U.S. friendly against Bosnia also adds some competition into the mix. And, Klinsmann still needs to sort out the mess at right-back with Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, Michael Parkhurst and Brad Evans all apparently in the mix.
The U.S. also has work to do on set pieces, where they still, maddeningly, give up most of their goals. Normally a point of pride among Americans, set piece defending over the past few months has been poor. It also goes against conventional wisdom that a German coach, like Klinsmann, would allow this to continue.
Finally, the U.S. needs to test itself against better competition. The August friendly against Bosnia, led by Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, should be that opportunity. Bosnia currently leads their UEFA World Cup qualifying group with 16 points from six games.
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