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The U.S. has eight world-class attackers in Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Christen Press, Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. This abundance of attacking talent puts head coach Tom Sermanni in a difficult position when selecting a formation and a starting XI.
If he is to play six of the aforementioned players, he is almost forced to play Carli Lloyd as the defensive midfielder. However, Lloyd does not naturally sit back, which creates problems for the U.S. back line when no one is there to pressure the ball.
Amber Brooks got the start as the U.S.' defensive midfielder on Sunday and, while she certainly did not play poorly, it is impossible to argue that she is one of the U.S.' best 11 players.
It seems unlikely that Shannon Boxx will return to the U.S. squad for the 2015 World Cup, and if she doesn't, the U.S. still needs to solve its conundrum at defensive midfield.