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Clint Dempsey returns to United States lineup

Bruce Arena is betting on the Seattle Sounders forward/midfielder.

With Bruce Arena in charge the United States returns to a diamond, with Christian Pulisic as the 10. His forward options are Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore. Dempsey has not repped the US since the loss to Colombia in Copa America on June 25. He returns to tread on Honduras in what is a near must-win game for the Americans.

Dempsey’s heart issue is fully and clearly behind him.

The rest of the diamond puts Darlington Nagbe and Sebestian Lletget as the shuttlers with Michael Bradley as the defensive mid. The backline is a hodgepodge due to suspension and injury. Starting at left back is former Timber Jorge Villafaña with John Brooks and Matt Besler as the centerbacks. Geoff Cameron starts on the right with Yedlin out. Tim Howard is back in goal.

Trinidad and Tobago beat Panama 1-nil to create an opening for the USA to get back into the qualification picture.

Follow our gamethread here. The match is on FS1, UniMas and UDN, as well as their streaming locations.