Here’s the USA lineup for today’s match vs Algeria’s Desert Foxes:
Howard; Cherundolo, DeMerit, Bocanegra (c), Bornstein; Donovan, Bradley, Edu, Dempsey; Gomez, Altidore
And here’s the ALG lineup: Mbolhi; Bougherra, Halliche, Yahia (c); Kadir, Yebda, Lacen, Belhadj; Matmour, Djebbour, Ziani.
All in all, an attacking lineup. Missing from it: Oguchi Onyewu, who, frankly, has had a rollercoaster World Cup performance. The eyebrow raiser? Jonathan Bornstein, who’s been much maligned for his poor play.
I’m picking the U.S. to beat Algeria 2-0 in what should be a tense, taut game. Algeria’s actually had a decent World Cup; they’re one goalkeeper howler (by Chaouchi, who’s been replaced) from having back-to-back clean sheets. It’s vital that we don’t give up an early, easy gimme goal. If we win, and England & Slovenia draw, we win Group C, which means we should have a marginally easier opponent in the next round.
Leave your pick in the comments.