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A few months ago, it looked like Gonzalez and Matt Besler were the unquestioned centre-back pairing for the USMNT. Now, however, Geoff Cameron has overtaken Gonzalez who will likely not be a starter in Brazil.
That being said, Gonzalez will still see plenty of action in this World Cup. As the backup centre-back, he will get a lot of minutes and will play a big part in how America does in Brazil.
Yet, his role in this team is still very much a big question mark.
With the emergence of John Brooks, Gonzalez could find himself fourth in the pecking order this summer. No one is quite sure just how relied upon he will be, but for now, he keeps floating in and out of the lineup.
At the World Cup, Klinsmann will have to determine what Gonzalez's role will be. The defender must either stand aside as Cameron takes over or be given the full reigns to the starting position.
Defensive lines are all about continuity. Players who constantly come in and out of the lineup can cause problems, and there is little room for error in this group.
When it really comes down to it, Gonzalez looks out of place in this U.S. side. His playing style doesn't fit the desired system, and he has proven that he can be a liability at times.
He is the most hot-and-cold player in the USMNT, and inconstancy is never a good thing. Maybe the defender shows his best form at the World Cup, or maybe he proves that he just doesn't have what it takes on the biggest stage.
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