Given the roster available, this is how I'd proceed for the USMNT's vital Costa Rica tilt on Tuesday. Let's play a proper forward and give Deuce back his usual duties. Playing Nagbe behind him means he won't expend quite s much energy dropping back to aid possession/build. Playing Johnson where he so obviously belongs helps us on both sides of the ball, while returning Bedoya to the right side helps Yedlin get into attack. I was tempted to swap the wingers, allowing Nantes' track-back workhorse to aid Castillo, but I think against the Ticos the best defense will be a healthy offense. Pulisic, Zardes and Jones can provide boosts off the bench (which, frankly, should probably be their roles at this tournament anyway).
- Greg Seltzer