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Expert picks for USMNT XI: Will Josh Sargent, DeAndre Yedlin begin vs. Wales?

The United States males’s nationwide crew begins its World Cup marketing campaign with a match towards Wales on Monday (2 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App). 

Given the stakes behind the primary match of the group stage, nailing the beginning lineup is a should for Gregg Berhalter and Co.

Here’s who our soccer writers — Doug McIntyre, Laken Litman and Martin Rogers — assume can be within the first XI towards Wales:

McIntyre: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Matt Turner

Defenders: Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream, Walker Zimmerman, DeAndre Yedlin

Midfielders: Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, Yunus Musah

Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah

DeAndre Yedlin fills in for Sergino Dest and Brenden Aaronson slides from proper wing to central midfield, the place he has performed usually for Leeds this season, for Weston McKennie; U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter stated Sunday that coming off accidents, neither Dest nor McKennie is able to go all 90 minutes (though one or each might come off the bench). 

Up prime, England-based Josh Sargent will not be in any respect fazed by the extraordinary, bodily defending Wales will make use of.

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Litman: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Matt Turner

Defenders: Antonee Robinson, Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, DeAndre Yedlin

Midfielders: Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah

Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Jesús Ferreira, Tim Weah

There are a couple of sure-fire picks in right here: Matt Turner in aim, Antonee Robinson at left again, Tyler Adams within the midfield and Christian Pulisic on the wing. 

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As of Sunday afternoon, U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter informed reporters that his lineup “was pretty much done” however he was nonetheless “working through that.”

Midfielder Weston McKennie, who has been nursing a quad harm, and proper again Sergiño Dest, who has skilled some muscle fatigue, are match sufficient to play, however for the way lengthy we do not know but. Will they begin or come off the bench? Both may need restricted minutes on this first match. Same goes for Gio Reyna and Tim Weah, each of whom are wholesome and considered one of whom will begin on the wing reverse Pulisic.

Regardless of which lineup Berhalter goes with, what we do know is that that is the healthiest roster he has had in fairly a while.

“We’re looking at the game in its entirety and thinking about how we can be successful,” Berhalter stated on the eve of the match. “We want to be an aggressive team in this game. We want to be able to hurt them, but we also know that they have strengths, and they have threats, and we want to be able to take them away. 

“So when selecting a lineup, we have centered on guys that we predict can execute from the onset, but additionally preserving in thoughts that our [substitutions] are going to be actually vital on this recreation and all through the World Cup. We know that it is not simply the 11 on the sector, we’ll want the [substitutions] to come back and assist this group get the win.”

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Rogers: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Matt Turner

Defenders: Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream, Walker Zimmerman, DeAndre Yedlin

Midfielders: Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah

Forwards: Christian Pulisic, Jesús Ferreira, Tim Weah

I’d go along with Yedlin forward of Dest primarily based off health — the World Cup opener isn’t any place to take an opportunity, even with 5 subs. Make it like an EPL recreation and use the USA’s added depth to your benefit. Aaronson as a substitute of Reyna, wholesome or not, suits that method. Sargent is the correct call-up entrance, however he have to be given orders to deliver his full physicality.

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