Defensive experiments for U.S. 

October, 13, 2010

CHESTER, Pa. -- After Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Colombia here, it doesn't take a fortune-teller to see that the U.S. will continue to rely on its midfielders for scoring punch for the near future, namely Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, and hope that Jozy Altidore evolves from a player who flashes finishing to one who nets goals consistently.

So we won't talk about the attack.

Instead, we will focus on the U.S. defense. It's in flux, and over the next two years -- at least -- is likely to be the more interesting, and more vital, side of the ball to watch.

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.