Usually Landon Donovan plays on the left side of the midfield for the United States and Clint Dempsey plays on the right. Both like to cut inside and seeing them switch is not rare, but Donovan is most often on the left. Against Canada in their Gold Cup opener though, head coach Bob Bradley has switched Donovan over to the right and with great results so far.
Will Johnson is an energetic, fit and tough player to go against. He is lined up on the right side of the Canadian midfield and if Donovan were on the left, he would make things very hard on the American star. Johnson is precisely the type of player that could give Donovan problems, with his ability to close down and run. On the right side though, Donovan has found acres of space. He's been dangerous running with the ball and played the long ball to Altidore that led to the first U.S. goal.
Bradley is often criticized for his tactics, but on this one he has been spot on. Getting Donovan away from Johnson has opened up play for the U.S. and proven to be very effective already. Point Bradley.