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Starters: Michael Bradley and Wil Trapp
Substitute: Maurice Edu
Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman will both be 36 when the next World Cup arrives, and thus will not likely be in the U.S. squad. Simply put, that is not a good thing at all for America.
Luckily for the USMNT, there are a few options.
To begin with, Michael Bradley should be playing a much deeper role in four years since he will then be 30 years old. His ability to play a holding role will greatly help the U.S., and his passing will provide structure in the midfield as well.
Choosing who will play alongside Bradley, however, is a much tougher decision.
Maurice Edu, who will be 32, is a strong candidate because he has made over 45 caps with the USMNT and is very comfortable in a double pivot. However, Edu has never proved that he can be a solid starter, meaning he will likely be coming off the bench.
The most promising selection would be Wil Trapp, who is currently playing for the Columbus Crew.
Trapp will be 25 in 2018 and just entering the prime years of his career. He is already showing signs of brilliance and is expected to develop into a solid player over the next few years.
A double pivot of Bradley and Trapp may not look that favorable right now, but if potential is realized, they could form a very strong pairing in Russia.