USMNT: 4 Things to Watch against Ecuador

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August 2, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (8) high-fives fans after the match against the Seattle Sounders FC with fireworks behind Levi

3. USMNT’s Formation

Another thing to watch when the USMNT takes on Ecuador is their formation. In the past Klinsmann hasn’t been afraid to switch up the formations. This has caused some media members to criticize Klinsmann. However, he seems to do things on his terms.

With a young core and players that haven’t played much together, Klinsmann may decide to switch the formation mid-game. At the same time, he may pick one formation and stick with it against Ecuador.

Due to it being a friendly, Klinsmann will most likely make a fair share of substitutions. He wants to see everyone, or a majority of them, play and see how they fit and connect as a unit. Having star players is key, but having a cohesive unit is more important.

Pay extra attention to Klinsmann’s tactics on Friday against Ecuador. They may not tell where the USMNT is headed in the future due to missing many stars who are back with their MLS clubs. However, it may provide some answers into where certain players can play and where certain players can’t play.

One specific area to watch is if the team can properly feed Jozy Altidore. With Altidore fully healed from his World Cup hamstring injury, he should be a dangerous target man. Yet, if the young midfield can’t find him on crisp, accurate passes, then Altidore will be ineffective up top.