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USMNT lineup actually features players in natural positions

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It would appear that Jurgen Klinsmann has come to his senses and rolled out a lineup featuring players in positions they are actually well-suited to play in the United States' virtual must-win World Cup qualifier against Guatemala. Not a single player is being obviously played out of position, as DeAndre Yedlin has been returned to his more natural right back and Geoff Cameron is anchoring the defense at center back.

Sounders fans will take a particularly keen interest in how Clint Dempsey fairs as a center forward in the 4-3-3. He'll be flanked by Bobby Wood on his right and Gyasi Zardes on the left.

The midfield, too, looks far more natural as Michael Bradley and Graham Zusi will theoretically be playing in front of Kyle Beckerman. Zusi and Bradley should be able to each take turns pushing forward, leaving Beckerman to fill the defensive midfield role he thrives in at Real Salt Lake.

If there's one surprise, it's Steve Birnbaum at center back. Birnbaum has just three USMNT caps, but experience didn't really help Michael Orozco and Omar Gonzalez in Friday's match.

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