Originally written on World Soccer Talk  |  Last updated 12/13/14
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At some point, Jurgen Klinsmann made the decision that the formula that churned out the USA’s best ever year in 2013 wasn’t going to be good enough at the World Cup. When he named his 23-man squad, Klinsmann axed four of the players who started the crowning game of his tenure as manager, the 2-0 victory against Mexico in Columbus. Against Turkey in the US’ second warmup game, Klinsmann’s backline was made up of Timmy Chandler, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler, and Fabian Johnson – otherwise known as one of the four men who played the majority of the Hexagonal. I get it – Ghana, Portugal and Germany are different beasts than Panama and Honduras, and the idea of Brad Evans squaring up with Cristiano Ronaldo may have made Klinsmann squeal. But what the German coach is about to do is take a major gamble. Not only is he going into the World Cup with a backline that has barely ever seen each other – some have suggested communication may even be a problem for the German-American players – Klinsm...
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