Who should partner Jozy Altidore has been one of the biggest question marks since Charlie Davies was injured in his car accident in 2009.
Bob Bradley auditioned a number of partners including Juan Agudelo, Chris Wondolowski, Connor Casey, Jeff Cunningham, Herculez Gomez, Edson Buddle and Robbie Findley as forwards, with Altidore as well as Landon Donovan, Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber and Brek Shea underneath him.
With Herculez Gomez not included on any of Klinsmann’s rosters, Buddle and Agudelo are the ones Klinsmann has tinkered with so far. While a solid player, Edson Buddle is not an impact player at the international level, and while Agudelo shows much promise, he is not ready yet.
Clint Dempsey looked good playing underneath Altidore this past week and offers the team a diverse skill set. He is strong in the air, very good playing with defenders on his back and is the biggest scoring threat on the U.S. roster.
Landon Donovan, injured for this set of friendlies, is another potential withdrawn forward, but has seen his biggest impact with the team on the wing.