5 Things USA Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Should Experiment with vs. Ukraine

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIMarch 3, 2014

5 Things USA Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Should Experiment with vs. Ukraine

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    On Wednesday, the United States men's national team and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann take on Ukraine in an international friendly.

    With only two months until the World Cup training camp begins, there are still a number of questions for Klinsmann to answer.

    Here are five things he should experiment with against Ukraine. 

Play Clint Dempsey on the Wing

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    Over the last nine months, the goals have dried up for U.S. captain Clint Dempsey.

    In World Cup qualifying, Dempsey was the preferred attacking midfielder in Klinsmann's 4-2-3-1 formation. However, USMNT stalwart Landon Donovan has performed better in the No. 10 role in recent matches.

    Dempsey hasn't been a regular on the wing since his club days at Fulham, but it's very likely he'll need to reprise that role for the U.S. in the near future.

    Klinsmann might as well take a look at Dempsey playing there now. 

Play Geoff Cameron at Right-Back

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    Over the past year, the USMNT has struggled to determine a right-back in the absence of injured veteran Steve Cherundolo.

    Since Dolo has been out of the lineup, Klinsmann has tried seven different players on the right (including Cameron), but none of them have outright won the job.

    Cameron has been a regular starter for two seasons now in the English Premier League with Stoke City. This season, in particular, he has looked increasingly comfortable in his role on the right.

    In Brazil, the likely starters at center-back will be Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler. Klinsmann needs to make his peace with Cameron playing on the right and it needs to start now. 

Start Aron Johannsson

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    If Klinsmann sticks with his 4-2-3-1 formation in Brazil, Jozy Altidore will likely be the starter for the U.S.

    However, considering his recent form for Sunderland, the U.S. needs a backup plan.

    Johannsson has been on fire this season in the Eredivisie. He has scored 22 goals in all competitions.

    Against Ukraine, Klinsmann should start Johannsson, either up top or on the wing—a position he could see time at in Brazil. 

Give Gooch a Shot

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    If Klinsmann decides to play Cameron out wide, he'll need somebody to man the center-back position alongside John Anthony Brooks.

    Before his move to Sheffield Wednesday, it appeared Oguchi Onyewu's World Cup dreams were over. However, the big American has had a resurgence in the English Championship, and could still compete for the fourth center-back spot on the U.S. roster.

    It's a long shot, but being a friendly, this is exactly the time to do it. 

Split Halves Between Danny Williams and Sacha Kljestan

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    Due to the absence of both Michael Bradley and Mix Diskerud, Klinsmann is going to be forced to experiment in central midfield. However, there is no clear-cut choice.

    Danny Williams has settled in nicely at Reading, while Kljestan has fallen out of favor somewhat at Anderlecht.

    A simple solution for Klinsmann is to get both men a half.


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