Matchday (Almost): Who Should Nowak Start

As our readers and listeners to the American Soccer Show are aware, I have advocated the use of a 4-5-1 formation for the US Olympic side. I see no reason to change the setup now, but perhaps a change or two should be made to the lineup. The change I’d make is to place Benny Feilhaber who played well for Hamburg what seems like many moons ago and is likely more familiar with how to handle himself in a match against top class European competition should get the start in place of Sacha Kljestan, who depending on the Sunday’s results could be returned into the starting XI for the final group game.

Another possibility is to push Kljestan out wide and place Stuart Holden on the left side while sitting Robbie Rogers. I personally feel Rogers had an underrated match on Thursday and do not advocate his benching even though I wasn’t sure he should have even made the eighteen man squad. Rogers did tend to neglect his defensive responsibilities against Japan but his ability to find space and hold the ball against pressure on out wide was very impressive.

Here is my lineup







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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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