Who Would You Start if You Were Bob Bradley?

U.S. national soccer team head coach Bob Bradley answers a question from reporters at a news conference in Irene June 19, 2010.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

You’re Bob Bradley and it’s the night before one of the biggest games of your career, and you have millions of USA fans putting the pressure on you to make the correct decisions.

But who would you start for the United States against Algeria tomorrow? And why?

Here’s my starting 11:

Cherundolo — DeMerit — Onyewu — Bocanegra
— Donovan — Edu — Bradley –Dempsey
——–Buddle — Gomez——-

The United States side needs a jumpstart in their attack. Out goes Altidore, who hasn’t looked 100 percent, and in comes Herculez Gomez. Out, too, is Robbie Findley who is replaced by Edson Buddle. With Buddle and Gomez up front and the attacking midfielders Dempsey and Donovan, goals are bound to come. As for the rest of the team, I don’t foresee any changes. My only concern is Onyewu and his fitness as well as his form, but there are few adequate replacements to step in and take over his role.

Which USA side would you pick to beat Algeria and make it through to the second round? Click the comments link below to share your opinions.

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10 Responses to Who Would You Start if You Were Bob Bradley?

  1. ————————Howard————————

    Call Dempsey a striker, attacking midfielder, false nine, whatever. In this setup, he’s got the freedom to do a lot of different things. Don’t like a straight up 4-4-2 against Algeria’s 3-5-2.

  2. Rafael says:

    Spector— DeMerit — Onyewu — Bocanegra
    – Dempsey — Bradley— Edu –Donovan
    ——–Buddle — Gomez——-

    With Demarcus Beasley and Jose Torres coming off the bench in the second half.

  3. jgm says:




    The bottom line is that you have to start the guys with big game experience.Buddle,Holden,Gomez, would have to fight off nervesnous and it would effect their game.They are better off coming off the bench.

  4. GI Joe says:

    GK: Howard
    DF: Chrundolo, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bocanegra
    MD: Donovan, Edu, Bradley, Dempsey
    FW: Altidore, Gomez

    If the thing goes wrong: Buddle; Findley; Holden (3-4-3)
    If the thing goes right: Beasley; Torres; Spector (5-4-1)

  5. eplnfl says:

    11 Americans. I am not being a comic hear but feel that put on anyone from the squad today will know the importance of the game and will do their best. The US squad does not have a lot of drop off in talent from at most positions if you change a starter.

  6. Adam Edg says:

    I see a lot of good in these posts. No matter what, Bradley has to start Edu. He won us the last game (before the ref decided he didn’t). He is on fire and looks like he wants it badly.
    I don’t think it’s time to pull Jozy yet. Put Buddle up with him and keep Gomez open as a sub. Dempsey and Donovan on the wings. Bradley as the other midfield and the back line has been good. I question Gooch, but who else fits right now?

  7. doug says:

    I would start Altidore — I think he’s looked fine, he nearly scored v. England and assisted v. Slovenia. I think he also needs to be pulled 65 minutes in tho’…

    I’d start Buddle & Altidore, bring Gomez in for Altidore off the bench.

    I’d start Torres and Bradley in the middle… Aside from the goal, Edu made shaky passes in the mid-field, one of which nearly resulted in a Slovenian goal. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing…

    • GI Joe says:

      Did you watched the game against Slovenia? The midfield with Torres and Bradley was one of the reasons for 2-0 at the half time! And believe me, Algeria has a stronger midfield than Slovenia!

  8. BA14 says:

    I wouldn’t start Bornstein like he is today. Bradley is taking a big risk today.

  9. doug says:

    So, the question is “what to do about altidore?” He’s had too many opportunities in three games and not scored that it’s really an issue. he was great besides that, but his troubles in front of the net are worrisome… The guy’s almost got a phobia now.

    Buddle started with a couple bad touches, but he did step up and nearly score on that header… I continue to think he should start and be pulled for Gomez, although perhaps not.

    Edu tried three long balls in the opening minutes which all resulted in turnovers…

    Our backs continued to look sooo shaky right from the first whistle. Good 2nd half tho’. I didn’t think Onyewu actually should have been pulled for his mistake vs. Slovenia, b/c he wasn’t the only one to eff up.

    I think Torres did have one bad possession vs. Slovenia, but I don’t see how he gets blamed for what happened in the first half. He had a very sharp free kick… And we did generate lots of scoring opportunities in the first half v. Slovenia, we just didn’t capitalize. The players I remember being awful in the first half vs. Slovenia were Findley, Onyewu, and Bocanegra…

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