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World Cup’s Team USA Offense

I’m starting to get a little suspicious of the so-called “power rankings” that handicap the relative strength of the World Cup teams. USA ranked 11th? Where is the data to back it up? You’ll find experience at the defensive and goal keep positions. But offense is a different matter. ESPN reports that Jozy Altidore and Jamarcus Beasley are slotted as potential forwards, with Michael Bradley, Brian Ching, Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson vying for the starting striker positions. Of the six men, only Altidore plays regularly in the Premier League. Donovan and Ching are starting forwards for Los Angeles and Houston, and the other three are platoon players. Granted that Team USA will step up and are not afraid to face the likes of Spain and Germany. But the absence of a squad with deep professional experience at forward gives you an idea of how challenging it will be to move beyond the sweet sixteen round.

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