Predicting Who Will Be USA's Defensive Starters at the World Cup

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Predicting Who Will Be USA's Defensive Starters at the World Cup
Eduardo Verdugo

With the World Cup only seven weeks away, one of the biggest areas of concern, and uncertainty, for the United States men’s national team remains its defense.

Other than center-back Matt Besler and, of course, goalkeeper Tim Howard, who the U.S. will field in the back come June 16 is a mystery.

And with the U.S. set to face Ghana, Portugal and Germany in the group stage, the U.S. defense has become a constant source of worry, and debate, among U.S. fans.

Here’s how the U.S. is likely to line up in the back in Brazil, along with the factors that will affect each choice.

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