Well on Friday night, Klinmann seemed to forget about his “process” when picking a lineup that included Kyle Beckerman, Maurice Edu, and Jermaine Jones in the center of the midfield along with no wide players. All three players are deserving to play for the national team (well maybe not Jones), but to put all three on the field at the same time, Klinsmann was abandoning the “process” as none of those players would be described as free flowing attacking players. Has Klinsmann given up on the “process” due to not believing the players are capable of playing that way or was he putting getting a result ahead of his vision? Either way, his plan backfired in Kingston with the United States losing 2-1 to Jamaica, their first ever loss against the Reggae Boyz. He was quick to not blame tactics, instead focusing on the two free kicks that Jamaica scored on. One question for Klinsmann though, if he had chosen more of an attacking team, wouldn’t they have been able to do a better job of keeping the ball, and thus not be worried about committing fouls in their own half?
Cherundolo – Parkhurst – Bocanegra – Johnson
Dempsey – Cameron – Edu – Shea
Altidore – Boyd
The United States needs a lineup that can be creative and score goals, while also providing coverage at the back when Jamaica counters. A 4-4-2 with a midfield of Dempsey, Cameron, Edu, and Shea provides that. It gives freedom for Dempsey and Shea to go forward, knowing Cameron and Edu will provide coverage. Shea has had an up and down year in MLS, but, as he showed in Mexico, he has the ability to get by players and put the ball into dangerous positions. Altidore and Boyd have both started their respective club seasons off by scoring goals and would be happy to be receiving service from Shea and Dempsey. In Cherundolo and Johnson, the US has two outside backs that can also combine well with the midfield and serve balls into the box, while also being good 1v1 defenders that have speed to recover.
Will Klinsmann choose this lineup? Doubtful. But all eyes are firmly on Jurgen now, and each of his decisions tomorrow night will be hotly debated. His last two matches as coach of the United States have been historic – first ever win in Azteca, and first ever loss to Jamaica. In Columbus on September 11th, Klinsmann will be involved in another match with historic implications. The “process” has been pushed to the side, but the result will be remembered.