According to this article on FIFA’s official website, Donovan will not be on the field against the Italians. He has bronchitis. Lame excuse Landon, walk it off. Fullback Timmy Chandler and midfield cog Jose Francisco Torres will also join Donovan and CDM Jermaine Jones on the list of players not traveling to Genoa. Donovan could’ve played either on the right wing in a 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, or 4-4-2. Dempsey will likely shift over, or Fabian Johnson’s versatility could be tested on the right, with Brek Shea now in the fold to potentially handle duties on the left. Spector or Johnson could both fill in at LB for Chandler, but it’s unlikely that the third alternative (Bocanegra) will see any time there. He’ll likely stay in the middle where he belongs. Here’s to hoping Klinsmann goes with Sacha playing in front of Williams and Bradley, with Dempsey out to one side and Johnson/Shea out on the other wing. Jozy up top, as usual.
USA went from fielding its most pedigreed lineup to one with significantly less star power, and Donovan and Dempsey still will not have seen the field together under Klinsmann, but who cares, it makes it interesting, which is why we watch anyways. And after whining about Kljestan’s exclusion, I guess I can’t complain now anyways.
USA. USA. USA.