One of the things people tend to dislike about U.S. Men's National Team coach Bob Bradley is his insistence on using players with whom he's already comfortable.
Today's starting lineup would be a perfect case in point. Robbie Findley gets the nod as a lone striker, three-fifths of the starting midfield play for the eighth best team in MLS and none of the offensive youngsters that intrigued many of the country's fans will be in the starting XI.
The most interesting players that we're guaranteed to see heavy minutes of are Tim Ream and Eric Lichaj, both of whom receive their first national team starts.
USA: GK: Brad Guzan; DF: Eric Lichaj, Clarence Goodson, Tim Ream, Jonathan Bornstein; MF: Logan Pause and Brian Carroll; Robbie Rogers, Eddie Gaven, Alejandro Bedoya; FW: Robbie Findley
South Africa: GK: Itumeleng Khune; DF: Anele Ngcongca, Tsepo Masilela, Morgan Gould, Siyabonga Sangweni; MF:Kagisho Dikgacoi,Thanduyise Khuboni, Steven Pienaar, Siphiwe Tshabalala; FW: Davide Somma, Bernard Parker