The U.S. will extend no pity to Portugal in today's anticipated
As a striker,
Coach Juergen Klinsmann could tap a forward, Aron Johannsson or
So there is growing speculation that Klinsmann will audible from the preferred 4-4-2 formation to a 4-5-1, with five midfielders and
Portugal, with a decimated defense and a disadvantageous goals difference, figures to push forward even more than usual. An extra U.S. mid could clog up the center of the field and gum up the Portuguese attack, at least on paper.
Another concern is Dempsey's breathing. He will carry on with a broken nose from the Ghana game -- and apparently without a protective mask. In the projected high humidity, the usually indefatigable Dempsey could get winded.