Jurgen Klinsmann had two friendlies to get his team ready for November 11 -- their Hex opener against Mexico. The results were fine as the Americans beat Cuba and drew New Zealand, but now it's time to look ahead to the clash with El Tri. What questions does the team still have?
Who will be the goalkeeper?
Ever since Tim Howard returned to the national team in September of last year, Klinsmann has rotated him with Brad Guzan in goal. Guzan was their man for Copa America, but otherwise it's been one match for one, then one match for the other. Neither was called in for the Americans' friendlies this month so there's no telling who Klinsmann will go with against Mexico.
What will the U.S. do in the midfield?
The Americans have a couple midfield issues: Who to use and how to mitigate Mexico's numerical advantage. Michael Bradley will definitely start, but it's not clear who will partner him. Sacha Kljestan is in great form, but that's not a defensively strong pairing, while someone like Perry Kitchen still has more to prove and Kyle Beckerman is aging. Then no matter who Klinsmann picks, the U.S. will almost definitely only have two central midfielders against Mexico's three, so handling that will present some problems.
Can the fullbacks get into the attack?
Assuming Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin are the fullbacks for the U.S., it would appear as if the Americans would be able to give Mexico's defense serious issues with their fullbacks going forward. But the Americans haven't always gotten the offensive boost one would expect from the duo. They'll need that help against El Tri.
What to do with Sacha Kljestan?
Arguably no U.S. player is in better form than Kljestan. It doesn't matter if it's for club or country, Kljestan's vision, passing and ability to continually find space absolutely kills opposing teams. But the U.S. is weak defensively when it's just him and Bradley in the central midfield, the U.S. doesn't do well with a three-man midfield and they definitely want to have both Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore in the team. That leaves no natural place for Kljestan so Klinsmann will have some tough decisions to make.
Can Julian Green make an impact?
The long-forgotten Green got a call-in for the October friendlies and made his presence felt. He was the Americans' best player in Cuba, scoring a goal and setting up another, then he found the net again against New Zealand. It's tough to imagine him starting and Mexico are obviously better than Cuba and New Zealand, but Green might be able to give them a spark off the bench on November 11.