clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

United States starting lineup features MLS players

Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin are starting, of course, but the surprise is that every replacement for the suspended players is an MLS star - Chris Wondolowski, Graham Zusi and Kyle Beckerman are in the XI.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

As Jurgen Klinsmann's lead the United States on their Copa America run he has turned to MLS for his talent pool. Once a coach that looked to push the league down and send his young stars overseas rather than stay local, their decisions may have forced his hands. Facing Argentina the American lineup has nine that came through MLS. All four lineup changes he's made are active MLS talents.

Brad Guzan at keeper - Chivas USA star

DeAndre Yedlin - from Seattle Sounderes. Geoff Cameron is back in Houston, where he was a star. The other two defenders are the only two without MLS experience. Fabian Johnson is the left back and John Brooks is the stud building a wall.

The midfield today features Micheal Bradley, formerly of New York Red Bulls and now with Toronto FC. Graham Zusi is Sporting Kansas City's long ball and set-piece specialist. Kyle Beckerman is a stud with Real Salt Lake. Gyasi Zardes calls the LA Galaxy home.

Up top is the surprising partnership between Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution and Seattle) and Chris Wondolowski who grew from Dynamo castoff to San Jose Earthquakes star.

In their hardest hour it is this, quite Texas lineup. Gritty, unappreciated, and out gunned by an Argentine side that is expected to crush any and all in its path the USA goes for belief. It was MLS players that converted Jurgen, not Jurgen that converted the American player.

For the United States to advance they will do so riding faith, gumption and some down-home Texas Swagger.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Sounder At Heart Weekly Roundup newsletter!

A twice weekly roundup of Seattle Sounders and OL Reign news from Sounder at Heart