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The U.S. – Brazil Final

In the group stage of the Confederations Cup Brazil handed the U.S. its worst loss:  3-0 in a game that never felt winnable in the way that the Italy match had.  But, after that loss, something has clicked for the U.S. and there is hope among U.S. soccer fans that the newly awakened team can pull off another upset.  To get you prepared for the final, we’re going to be running a series of posts at each position of the U.S. team:  who played in the first matchup; who will probably play in the final; and what the tournament statistics say about the players.

Before we do that, let’s take a look at the line-up the U.S. used in its group-stage loss to Brazil.

GK – Tim Howard

D – Spector, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bornstein

M – Bradley, Kljestan, Beasley

F – Dempsey, Altidore, Donovan

Bradley tried the 4-3-3 twice: against Italy and Brazil, but switched to a 4-4-2 in the team’s victories over Egypt and Spain.  We expect the lineup in the Finals to almost exactly duplicate the one that pulled the upset over Spain:

GK – Howard

D – Spector, Onyewu, DeMerit, Bocanegra

M – Dempsey, Feilhaber, Clark, Donovan

F – Altidore, Davies

If FIFA were to do the unthinkable and reverse the suspension of Michael Bradley, he’d take the spot of Feilhaber.  But we don’t see that happening.  In fact, if you are of the school of thought that good group stage referees are rewarded by being given the final-round matches, you wonder whether the selection of Busacca for a semifinal match means that FIFA’s definition of a good group-stage official is one who claims not to see a foul on the ball and then demurrs to the fourth official — one with a less-than-stellar reputation — in issuing a straight red card for it.  But we digress.

Look forward to position-specific posts in the coming days.

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