The United States' formation, player selection and just about anything else has been a question mark for months. It is still a work in progress, but the Gold Cup is ready to start so they need something that is not an experiment and instead an attempt to win. With that, Oguchi Onyewu goes to the bench, as he should. Clarence Goodson gets the start, as he should. Juan Agudelo is in the starting XI, surprising some considering his lack of starts for his club and U.S. experimentation with a five-man midfield.
The U.S. will play in a 4-4-2 almost identical to the one they played with in last summer's World Cup. It really looks more like a 4-2-2-2 with Steve Cherundolo free to push up from his right back position and Carlos Bocanegra balancing it out with a stay at home approach at left back. The two central midfielders will seat deeper with Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey in front of them and regularly cutting in. If nothing else it is a familiar set up for the U.S.