The last selection decision that Klinsmann will have to make against Ghana will involve which substitutes to use and at what time in the match.
During the U.S.'s match against Nigeria, Dempsey looked exhausted in the final 20 minutes of play—some fans have speculated he was simply trying to avoid injury. He struggled to get on the end of several well-placed passes and, in the heat of Brazil, may need to be subbed late in the match.
In his place could come young phenom Aron Johannsson or poacher Chris Wondolowski. Johansson's speed and technical ability, however, appear better suited to match up against the U.S.'s Ghanaian opponents.
In the midfield, Klinsmann may have either Graham Zusi or Alejandro Bedoya on the bench, depending on what formation he has chosen to start with. Both are solid players who can contribute to the attack and mind their defensive responsibilities well—making either one a perfect substitute for the other around 65-minute mark, regardless of the score.
If the U.S. is defending the lead and hasn't started Kyle Beckerman, he would be the perfect player to bring on to help close out the game. His smart positioning and simple possession would be a bonus late in the match when the U.S. is looking to kill off the final minutes.
However, if the U.S. is down, Mix Diskerud would be the best midfield sub. His high technical level and quick passing are perfect for breaking down defenses, and if the U.S. needs a late equalizer, Diskerud's creativity and flair would be perfect.
Finally, if Klinsmann needs reinforcements in the back, he could look to bring on Timmy Chandler, who would add an element of speed.
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