Bradley's big gamble 

June, 9, 2010

PRETORIA -- Becks looked perplexed.

As David Beckham watched the U.S. warm-up match with Australia this past weekend, his right eyebrow raised, he surely had several questions on his mind. Did I create a monster in this Edson Buddle fellow? Did the U.S. defense really shut out Spain? Is Fabio Capello going to keep insisting on Italian wine at dinner when South Africa offers awesome beers like Castle and Black Label?

You can't blame England if the Three Lions are puzzling over what they'll see from the U.S. when they clash Saturday in Rustenburg. So are we.

U.S. coach Bob Bradley has two lineup decisions to make that would constitute major gambles, not including the small matter of who will play next to Michael Bradley in central midfield (although all evidence points to Ricardo Clark).

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.