Ok, let's be realistic for a second. For the next qualifier, what do you think the US's best lineup is?
Here is my opinion: Image: http://www.footballuser.com/formations/2013/03/655829_U_S_A_.jpg
My reasoning behind this is that Gonzalez and Chandler really stunk it up in the last qualifier, and while Boca is old he definitely provides calm and stability in the back, as well as an offensive presence on set pieces. Castillo is playing really well in Mexico right now, and this allows us to push Johnson up to the wing. We've played a 4-1-2-1-2 before (aka 4-4-2 diamond midfield), against Slovenia, with Johnson and Bradley on the wings, and it was the most impressive offensive showing under Klinsmann. Jozy gets a somewhat speedy guy running off of him in Gomez, and Dempsey works well in the hole. We can let Jones be the destroyer in front of the defense.
I think this formation and lineup will provide us with greater threats on the wings and better distribution to our forwards, both of whom are in great form currently.
Now, hypothetically, what is the best possible lineup with the players in our pool, come 2014? For our purposes we are assuming everyone is 100% healthy. Image: http://www.footballuser.com/formations/2013/03/655850_U_S_A_.jpg Link to website to make those formation things.