Sorting out the crowded U.S. midfield 

April, 6, 2011

A tiny, insignificant side note to the revolution in Egypt is playing itself out on the U.S. national team. Remember that Feb. 9 friendly in Cairo against the Pharaohs, canceled by the uprising that eventually red-carded Hosni Mubarak? It's put a continuing kink in national team coach Bob Bradley's experiments with his overstocked midfield, which was on display during the Americans' recent friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay.

For the third time in the last three A-team matches (against Poland and Colombia in October and Saturday against Argentina), Bradley tinkered with his formations, switching out of the 4-4-2. He opened with a 4-2-3-1 against Poland and Argentina and used a 4-3-3 against Colombia.

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.