BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, August 5, 2013
With Clint Dempsey having returned to MLS, the balance of powers between Americans abroad and MLS-based Americans has shifted.

So what would be the result of two U.S national teams facing each other? One team would consist of entirely of MLS-based Americans and the other team made up of YA's

On paper it would be quite a battle.

The MLS-based US national team

Goalkeepers Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, Tally Hall

Defenders Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra, DeAndre Yedlin, Todd Dunivant, Seth Sinovic, Sheanon Williams

Midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Dax McCarty, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi, Brad Evans, Brad Davis, Luis Gil

Forwards Eddie Johnson, Mike Magee, Jack McInerney, Chris Wondolowski

Starting Lineup

- Johnson-


The team is quite solid in the attacking positions and in central defense. It clearly lacks the experience from central midfields and box to box midfielders compared with the foreign based team, but it does have considerable more power in the midfield.

In central defense, the team is also loaded with the best American players. Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez are regular starters for the U.S team this year.

The team's weakness, however, is clearly at the fullback positions. DeAndre Yedlin is very promising but is still just a rookie while Todd Dunivant is experienced but past his prime.

The Foreign-based US national team

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Cody Cropper

Defenders : Geoff Cameron, John Anthony Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Orozco-Fiscal, Timothy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley, Fabian Johnson,

Midfielders: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, Mix Diskerud, Alejandro Bedoya, Brek Shea, Joe Corona, Jose Torres

Forwards:Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Aron Johannsson, Herculez Gomez

Starting Lineup



This team is very strong in central midfield and has the decisive advantage over its MLS counterparts in the fullback positions.

The central defense pairing of Cameron and Brooks is solid but inexperienced. Brooks is still only 20 and Cameron has not played a lot of central defense recently since moving to England last year.

Altidore is the best American forward but would he get the service he needs with the midfield from the foreign-based national team? If not, the foreign based team would have no chance at advancing.

The result

If having to pick between the two different U.S teams listed above, I would say the MLS-based U.S team would win 3-2. The MLS team's offensive advantage from the midfield positions is simply too much of an advantage and the YA's fullbacks are very offensive minded. For the foreign-based team to win, it would need a big performance from Bradley and Jones. Overall, however, the MLS wins despite its weaknesses in the fullback positions.

So who would win in your hypothetical game between a foreign-based U.S national team or an MLS-based national team?
Joe A.
Sunday August 11, 2013 12:39 am
This is interesting with donovan and dempsey in MLS now.
I'm not sure how I feel about some of the lineup choices either.
It would be close that's all I know.
Saturday August 10, 2013 11:21 pm
hey doc -

they meant fabian johnson.
Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:16 am
I think it would be 3-1 YA team. I feel Cameron and Brooks may already be better than Omar and besler as Omar has been struggling since we moved away from the 6 defenders formation. Beodya, Chandler, and Fab would eat up Yedlin and Dunivant and Rimando although solid isnt the type of goalie to erase defensive mistakes like Howard and Guzan are. Bradley and Jones would eat up Dempsey and Donovan and frustrate them and EJ blows at least half his chances every game. Having guys like Corona, Johannson, Shea (assumes healthy) as substitutes is a huge advantage. The MLS based team has no depth and a first half knock, or just fatigue in the 2nd half they wouldnt be able to keep up with the foreigners.
Hunter Simons
Monday August 5, 2013 10:10 pm
Why not Brad Evans at outside back? He played great there for the team during qualifiers.
MLS Snob
Monday August 5, 2013 9:30 pm
What about a La Liga starting 11 vs German Leagues starting 11?
Monday August 5, 2013 6:08 pm
Very cool idea. Another one is that we're one goalkeeper short of being able to make a starting XI of US players that have played or publicly entertained possibility of playing for another national team at some level...

Corona-Diskerud-F. Johnson
Monday August 5, 2013 5:15 pm
You're line for the ya team is all wrong bro. You have johnson in there I'm guessing you meant johannson, still we've never seen this guy play and taking it on hearsay that he is good. Mix is no #10 so I'd say maybe go with a befits corona Torres midfield like in the goldcup or go 4-3-3 with edu jones and bradley in the midifeld and bedoya/Gomez alitdore Shea underneath. That would be a pretty attacking line up. I believe either way the ya are better. Don't count gooch out. He shouldvr never left the Belgium league he needs to go back to liege or whatever top team will take him. I think going there he can return to 2010 form and still is will be our best defender, you need experience and going back to Belgium will get his confidence up. He shouldvr never left in the first place.some people just have a niche in a league and Belgium a better league than mls, champions league chances hooch has always been a top defender, every other league just didn't workout.
Know Nothing
Monday August 5, 2013 4:07 pm
Sorry, but the exports win this because they are more tactically astute.

Yes, the MLS has more firepower, but I suspect the exports will absorb the attacks and hit them on the counter.

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