With many of the US national team regulars left off the roster for the friendly on Wednesday against Mexico, Klinsmann was left with the difficult task of compiling a back line from a list of inexperienced and unfamiliar faces.
As the last line of defense in front of keeper Tim Howard, Klinsmann has opted to go with the duo of Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu as the two center backs.
Cameron, who recently transferred from the Houston Dynamo to Stoke City, is the most experienced center back on the 23-man roster, with just five caps under his belt. Edu has been primarily featured as a holding midfielder for the troubled Rangers football club, but has appeared at the center back spot before with the USMNT.
Both players are well aware of the responsibilities and acknowledge they need to change their mentality on the pitch.
“Obviously, there’s more responsibility,” Cameron told MLSsoccer.com after training on Monday.
“Usually, I’m leaning on the shoulders of (Carlos) Bocanegra, (Oguchi0) Onyewu, and Clarence (Goodson). They’ve been to a couple of World Cups, so I’ve always had that shoulder to lean on a little bit and take some of the pressure off. But now that I have a few caps and the last qualifier, it’s definitely different,” he added.
In training, the two center backs have been flanked by Fabian Johnson and Michael Orozco, who look to round out the starting back line for Wednesday’s friendly.
“Obviously it’s a big game and playing against a quality side, but as long as everyone communicates well and we just guide each other through the process it should be all right,” added Edu.
If the United States hope to earn their first ever victory in Mexico (0-23-1), the duo of Edu and Cameron will need to develop a strong chemistry quickly and provide a heroic performance in stopping the dangerous attack of El Tri.
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