As the World Cup qualifiers start USMNT coach, Jürgen Klinsmann has a lot of tough decisions to make on players. To be honest, these qualifiers could be tough, with Injuries to John Brooks and Clint Dempsey the USMNT is going to be a bit light this International Break, BUT when they come back who should Jürgen's go to starting XI be? No need to fear because once again the boys at DST have your back America and using stats and our eyes we have made up the best possible team for Klinsmann to pick.
Goalkeeper - Ethan Horvath
Listen, I know a lot of you guys thought it was going to be Guzan or Howard but no, let's be honest, both of them are not great goalkeepers. Just because Tim Howard had ONE great game against Belgium doesn't excuse the fact for his old club Everton he was terrible last season and was known for having terrible attitude problems. On the other hand, Ethan Horvath is the only one playing weekly for his club and doing well. Horvath is a 21-year-old who is making waves for his Norwegian Tippeligaen club Molde, he has had a great start to the year and even pulled off some fantastic saves in the Europa League. For the people who still don't want to see him between the sticks for us watch this video, this kid doesn't look like a 21-year-old (warning song is pretty terrible in this video).
Back Four - DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson.
This one is pretty standard, 99% of Americans think this is our best back four. The only problem I have with it is that Fabian Johnson should be higher up on the field, but sadly, our LB spot is pretty bad. Hopefully, with young Tottenham star Cameron Carter-Vickers impressing over at Spurs, he can challenge some places and maybe become a makeshift LB for the USMNT so we can use Johnson where he belongs. Lastly, it's truly a shame for the USMNT what has happened to Matt Miazga, he was superb on the Redbulls and has practically died at Chelsea. Hope you resurrect Matt, we are all praying for you.
Central Defensive Midfielder - Jermaine Jones
Even though he is getting up there in age, I still think Jermaine Jones is the best CDM. He is the perfect fit for us as he is a rough, tough and not afraid to stand up for his teammates. His job is to protect our back four, and that's exactly what he does. Jones also could pop up with a goal or two like we saw in the World Cup with his memorable strike against Portugal. This was one of the harder decisions due to Kyle Beckerman having to be left out but for right now Jones is the better fit for that role.
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Central Attacking Midfielder - Darlington Nagbe and Sacha Kljestan
Wow, I know this shocked a few people but hear me out.
Darling Nagbe - Darling Nagbe this season has been magnificent for the Portland Timbers, with one goal and five assists this season his numbers don't jump off the page but if you ever watch him play you will see why. He has a 90.7 Passing Percentage in the MLS and averages a match rating of 7.0 out of 10. I know this means no Michael Bradley, but he is having a subpar season for Toronto with a better striker, so for that reason, I am picking Darlington Nagbe.
Sacha Kljestan - I know 90% of people seeing his name will think the same thing "When was the last time he even played at the international level" but hear me out, the numbers speak for themselves. Sacha leads the MLS in assists with 15 and is also capable of scoring as he has five this year. Anyone who watches the Redbulls know what this guy can do. His passing percentage is only in the mid-70s due to his love for through balls, but he is a complete player. The fact that the leading assist man in the MLS AND one of the favorites to win the MVP this season isn't considered for a starting role is ludicrous, he even averages a 7.40 match rating which is higher than Nagbe's, Bradley's and even higher than the MLS elite names like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
Front Three - Bobby Wood (LW) - Clint Dempsey (Striker) and Christian Pulisic (RW)
For most people, this is the front three they want to see. Everyone knows about Pulisic and his amazing breakthrough campaign with the USMNT and Dortmund but what about Bobby Wood? He scored seventeen goals last year in the Bundesliga 2 and was transferred to Hamburger SV where he scored on his debut last weekend and even was awarded "Goal of the Week" in Germany. As a 23-year-old he still has time to develop and learn from Clint Dempsey on what it means to be the main goal scorer for the USMNT.
Well, here you have it, this was such a fun blog to make and I want to thank everyone who told me their opinions and ideal starting XI. If you don't agree with me make sure to tweet us your opinion to @DST_Tweets on Twitter.