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Video: Breaking down the USMNT lineup options vs. England

With Iran beating Wales, I’d absolutely switch it up. “Gas in the tank” is an invaluable and finite resource in any World Cup, and this presents the US with an incredibly rare opportunity: we no longer need any kind of result against England. SO DO NOT WASTE OUR RESOURCES AGAINST ENGLAND. We simply need to beat Iran to advance…and Iran has a number of guys who have run themselves absolutely ragged over the first two games and at least one starter out due to yellow card accumulation over the first two matches.

I would flip everybody – everybody! – outside of Matt Turner, and try to play for a draw the first 60 minutes of the England game. Sit deep, defend, defend, defend, break opportunistically on counters. If they can somehow hold or even keep it within 1 goal, then you can bring in your starters like Pulisic/Musah/Weah, etc. and then try to win or tie the England game. Even if that fails and England gets 2+ goals up after 60…it’s not the end of the world.

Even with a bad result, you’d have fresh starters with a week of rest under their belt to face Iran, who is going to be in ragged shape in Game 3.

Yes. I’d even play Roldan and Long here.

You bring 26 guys for a reason. Your bench is a resource and a smart coach figures out a way to squeeze value out of every player he has. Here’s where you use that resource. Let the bench absorb some of the wear and tear and fatigue and invariable yellows that are going to come in Game 2…and save our starters for a worn-down Iranian side in Game 3.

Reyna/Ferreira/Morris
De La Torre/Acosta/Roldan
Scally/Long/Carter-Vickers/Moore
Turner

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