The idea will be to focus on one major pressure point on each side of the ball, but let's not etch that in stone for emergency flexibility's sake. Today, though, we stay on script.
- A is for attack. Against what is sure to be a packed, organized and feisty Honduras defense, the plan should be to hammer them with set pieces early and often. Lead Dempsey and the flank players into space so they can build speed to take on defenders in the final third. Hell, if we win a free kick 10 yards inside their half, I want that serve put into the area. Rain restarts on 'em.
- B is for the back. Look... I don't mean to be an alarmist, but our players on the left need to pin Andy Najar to that flank. We can deal with it if he runs the wing, wins a few few kicks or corners and ships some crosses. If he starts finding pathways to cut inside, there seems a far greater chance for trouble. We don't need him pulling Brooks out of the line, scavenging along the top of the area for openings or putting anyone in quick card trouble from allowing danger free kicks. And a great way to apply preventative medicine on this problem spot is to avoid turning over the ball in the middle third of the field.
- Greg Seltzer