After a somewhat surprising loss to Jamaica on Friday, the United States finds itself in what amounts to a must-win game at home on Tuesday. What makes it even more precarious is the rather unsettled nature of the lineup that Jurgen Klinsmann will be rolling out. The good folks at Stars and Stripes FC consider just five of the starting spots to be reasonably assured:
"Between the announced return of Carlos Bocanegra, the up in the air status of Steve Cherundolo, the fitness of Clint Dempsey and the poor play of just about everyone, it's not like we know what Klinsmann is going to do. He could have faith that the same XI that played poorly against Jamaica on Friday just needs a kick in the tail and another game together. He could make sweeping changes. Klinsmann hasn't been in this situation before, so we can't really predict what he's going to do."
That's quite a bit of uncertainty for a match with so much at stake. But that's the fun of World Cup qualifying, right?