The left back lives! Fabian Johnson, who was a doubt for the match after missing the last two with a calf strain, is healthy and started for the United States in their World Cup qualifier against Guatemala. With Edgar Castillo already out, getting Johnson back healthy was crucial for the U.S. or they wouldn't have had anyone to play left back.
Otherwise, this is the lineup one would expect from the U.S. Jose Francisco Torres' injury took the mystery out of the midfield and left only three options for three spots and Herculez Gomez was always going to start over the unfit Jozy Altidore considering the form he has been in.
It's 4-3-2-1 with pressure high. The real question is whether they know how to break down a Guatemala team that will be committed to defending. At the back, all should be fine because Guatemala doesn't have much in the attack and that is doubly true considering Marco Pappa isn't starting. It's just a matter of whether the U.S. has what it takes up top.
Guatemala (4-4-2): Ricardo Jerez; Elias Vasquez, Erwin Morales, Luis Rodriguez, Carlos Gallardo; Wilfred Velasquez, Jose Manuel Contreras, Marvin Avila, Carlos Figueroa; Mario Rodriguez, Carlos Ruiz