Orlando City left back / midfielder Brek Shea is on Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for today's friendly at Chile. We hope we get to see what that looks like, because it may tell us more about what to expect from the Lions' lineup this year. We'll add the lineup to this post as soon as it's out.
This is an important first step in the 2018 World Cup cycle. We'll see some old faces and new, but of course as Orlando City fans we are most concerned with Shea's form. Here's Klinsmann's 23-man roster, if you haven't seen it. Chile will offer a stiff test today and is the type of opponent the USMNT needs to start beating with some regularity in order to progress on the world stage.
Here's all the important stuff you'll need to know to enjoy today's match:
USMNT Lineup (3-5-2):
Shea starts on the left side of midfield in Jurgen's 3-5-2, which means he'll be playing a hybrid position with coverage responsibilities similar to a wing back (as a shift to a 5-3-2 when the ball is in the defensive third).
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando
Defense: Matt Besler, Jermaine Jones, Steve Birnbaum
Midfield: Brek Shea, Mix Diskerud, Clint Dempsey (c), Michael Bradley, DeAndre Yedlin
Forwards: Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore
Substitutes: Matt Hedges, Wil Trapp, Lee Nguyen, Sean Johnson, Perry Kitchen, Shane O'Neill, Chris Wondolowski, Miguel Ibarra, Gyasi Zardes
Chile Lineup (call it a 3-4-3 w/ diamond midfield):
Defense: Cornejo, Rojas, O. Gonzalez
Midfield: Valdez, Pulgar, Medel, Espinoza
Forwards: M. Gonzalez, Gutierrez, Carrasco
Substitutes: Garces, Vegas, Diaz, Sagal, Delgado, Valenzuela, Fierro, Vilches
How to Watch:
Match time: 6 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
TV: There are multiple outlets televising today's match. Most of you can catch it on FOX Sports 1, but UniMas and UDN also are carrying the game.
Streaming: If you're stuck somewhere away from your television, you can stream it here or here.
Twitter: If you can't catch it on television, computer or mobile device, you can follow the official U.S. Soccer Twitter account (@ussoccer) and/or the more entertaining Stars and Stripes FC blog's feed (@StarsStripesFC). Let's hope for plenty of freedom deposits today.
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