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USA Vs. Mexico, 2011 Gold Cup Final: USMNT Lineup

Update: Bob Bradley has done a sneaky switch, putting Donovan up top and playing Clint Dempsey wide left.

Freddy Adu has earned himself a place in the starting lineup of the 2011 Gold Cup final where Bob Bradley's United States take on Chicharito-led Mexico. Landon Donovan, who'd been a substitute for the previous two knockout matches, is also restored to the starting eleven. Bradley has opted to field a 4-2-3-1 with Clint Dempsey as the lone striker. There are few surprises in the defence, with captain Carlos Bocanegra and Clarence Goodson as the centre half pairing, and Steve Cherundelo and Eric Lichaj the fullbacks.

Midfield is the most interesting, especially the attacking band of Donovan, Adu, and Alejandro Bedoya. If Adu's personal rennaisance continues, the USA could actually pose a major threat right down the centre of the pitch. If not, we may see the entire shape of the team forced to change later.

United States (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Eric Lichaj, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Steve Cherundolo; Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley; Landon Donovan, Freddy Adu, Alejandro Bedoya; Clint Dempsey.

Substitutes: Jonathan Spector, Maurice Edu, Juan Agudelo, Jonathan Bornstein, Tim Ream, Sacha Kljestan, Marcus Hahnemann.

For more on how the two teams got to this point, check out our USA vs. Panama stream and our Mexico vs. Honduras stream. For more updates leading up to USA vs. Mexico, bookmark this StoryStream. For all of our previous Gold Cup coverage, check out the Gold Cup 2011 section. For more on Mexican football, including the Mexican national team, the Mexico vs. USA game, and the Mexican Primera, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.