Update: We’ve updated the post as Cherundolo and Parkhurst have jumped across the pond for club action.
Who would you start? Who is going to start? Let us know.
For Panama, expect a team that comes in the typical Central American role. They will have great footwork, questionable defensive integrity, and a feisty attitude. You could pretty use that describe most other teams between the two tropic lines.
Panama is fresh of a 4-0 blitzing of a 10-man Nicaraguan squad Sunday so they’ll have a little confidence.
I’m going with the following, expecting BB to take another conservative approach following the bit of chaos that ensued Saturday.
11 at the whistle:
G – Troy Perkins
A very steady performance against Honduras earns that cap
D (Wing) – Sam Cronin, Heath Pearce
With Cherundolo heading back over sees, I think it’s a coin flip between Cronin and Evans on the back right. My hunch is that with Cronin playing the better game last Saturday, you’ll see him there this Saturday….
D (Center) – Chad Marshall, Jimmy Conrad
Jimmy earns the start that should see him improve upon his Foxboro outing. The U.S. needs Marshall in there.
M (Wing) – Robbie Rogers, Santino Quaranta
Can they hold the flanks? Both have proved to flashes of one-on-one attack, now let’s see if they can link some more passes and come out and support their d counterparts.
M (Center) – Stu Holden, Kyle Beckerman
The makings of an excellent pairing here. Both are workmanlike and steady on defense giving Bob Bradley a junior pairing not unlike Ricardo Clark and Michael Bradley.
(Note, you may see Benny in here, but I think more as a late inning reliever, not starter….if that’s the case Holden will move out wide and you’ll see Quaranta making way).
F – Davy Arnaud, Brian Ching
Interesting coupling here. Main question? No Davies. I think Bradley will use Davies much like he did in the Honduran game…bringing him as a late gamer when the defense is tired.
- Possible that Bradley brings back Feilhaber in which case I think you’ll see Holden move out wide.
- Possible that Davies gets the start with Arnaud backing up
- Possible that Ching roams up front and U.S. goes with Benny up front backed by Beckerman and Holden in the holding roles
See you Saturday