A lot of questions have been raised over Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man World Cup squad. Klinsmann is taking four Strikers to Brazil and we take a look at the strike options the USMNT have and how they compare:
1. Clint Dempsey
Assuming the groin injury that left him out of the Azerbaijan game on Tuesday clears up, the captain will start and play every game in Brazil.
With over a hundred caps and 36 goals to his name, Dempsey will be the most important piece of the US puzzle, but who partners him?Embed from Getty Images
2. Chris Wondolowski
‘Wondo’ has been in sensational form recently and was the standout player for the US in the first half on Tuesday night.
He is a complete forward who is more than capable in front of goal. There is however a concern that should he come up against the likes of Pepe and Hummels, he will be ineffectual but he will hope to have an opportunity to prove otherwise.
3. Jozy Altidore
We struggle to see why he was in the 30-man provisional squad, let alone favourite to start the opener against Ghana.
Altidore has all the potential but is yet to live up to it, having not scored a competitive goal in 2014.
Should ‘Wondo’ fail to win over Klinsmann, the fans will be hoping that Altidore will step up come crunch time.
4. Aron Johannsson
He has won his place on merit, having scored 17 Eredivisie goals this season, and at 23, Johannsson is showing huge potential and his wonderfully directed headed goal against Azerbaijan was another example of his talents.
We are assuming he won’t see too many minutes in Brazil, but having played so well against Azerbaijan, Klinsmann must have him in his plans.