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5 strategies the USMNT need to test against Brazil

Gregg Berhalter

The US men’s national team is all set to return to the Copa America discussion this summer having last featured in the competition in 2016.

Before the USMNT square off against Bolivia on June 23 at AT&T Stadium, Gregg Berhalter’s side will take part in a part of international friendlies vs Colombia and Brazil.

In order to maximize preparations for the highly-anticipated tournament, Berhalter could look to make a few tweaks to his formation and also give a couple of new players a chance to prove what they can do in the XI. It would be better for Berhalter to experiment with new tactics and formations when results don’t really matter ahead of the tournament vs trying to make chaotic changes during competitive play.

Here are five strategies the Stars and Stripes need to test in the Allstate Continental Clásico against Brazil.

Gregg Berhalter

Berhalter could look to change his system / Omar Vega/GettyImages

As many already know, Berhalter prefers to stick his 4-3-3 setup and typically doesn’t deviate from that formation.

However, his job could very well be at stake should the US somehow not qualify for the quarter-finals, which means it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to tinker with a different formation before the results start to matter.

A 4-2-3-1 formation would allow Tyler Adams — if he’s fit — to provide protection for the backline alongside Weston McKennie while Gio Reyna could take on an attacking midfielder role.

Gio Reyna

Reyna could take on a No. 10 role / John Dorton/ISI Photos/USSF/GettyImages

Gio Reyna is one of the most talented USMNT players to come through the ranks in quite some time.

However, Berhalter hasn’t always played him in his preferred position — we’ve seen Reyna take up shop on the wing and in central midfield, but if the US are to make a statement this summer, Reyna should operate as a No. 10 right behind the starting center-forward.

Against Brazil, USMNT fans would love to see Renya lined up as an attacking midfielder just in front of McKennie and Adams to really see how the trio could work together at Copa America in a different setup.

Malik Tillman

Malik Tillman could be a valuable option off the bench / Stephen Nadler/ISI Photos/USSF/GettyImages

Although the USMNT starting lineup just about picks itself when everyone is healthy, there will be players who can make a difference off the bench late in games.

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