In taking a look at the crew Bob has assembled for the Gold Cup, I wouldn't fault you for wondering where his formational thinking is trending. Does he go back to the staggered, single-striker experiments? Keep two deep in central midfield? Employ attacking fullbacks (oh wait, I only see one of those on the roster!)? Use a playmaker? Go back to a target man? I'm going to assume that Bob sticks with a 4-4-2, leave the "emergency seven" out for the moment, and float a trial-baloon starting lineup...
Forwards: Ching + Davies
Not really a shocker, is it? This traditional "little and large" combo boasts the holding power and (under-rated) passing of Ching with Davies' darting runs. There's been some discussion surrounding leaving the "target man" model, but we don't have to think of a target man as somebody to lob the high ball to. Ching's got good control, so we can ping balls into this feet and chest and expect him to get it down and play in the wings and his strike partner. I've no doubt that we'll see others as the tourney progresses, but this would be my first choice pairing.
Midfield: Clark, Beckerman, Arnaud, Adu
I'm going to assume that Bob stays with the two-deep philosophy and looks for Arnaud to play the Junior role of buzzing about and making late runs into the box. I doubt he defends as well as Bradley, but given some of the opponents we'll be facing in the group stage, I don't expect that will be a problem (we can always bring in Rico Clark and Feilhaber for the knockout stages).
Colin Clark on the left may just be wishful thinking on my part, but I like his game. Sadly, for me (and for Colin!), I expect we'll probably see something more along the lines of Adu on the left, Arnaud on the right, and Beckerman paired with either Evans or Holden in the middle.
Defense: Pearce, Marshall, Conrad, Cherundolo
What, you're going to start Heaps? With a lack of other options, Pearce goes on the left by default. Likewise, I don't think Dolo is here to sit on the bench. I can, however, see Parkhurst getting an extended look at right back in at least one game. Conrad is an easy pick for leadership and keeping the back line organized, but I can see any of Marshall, Goodson, and Parkhurst pairing him. I'd expect we'll be facing a lot of long-ball counter in the early going, thus I would favor Goodson and Marshall over Parkhurst, and Marshall would seem to have the bigger upside, so in he goes.
Robles will get a game, much in the manner Guzan did, but I expect Perkins is the first choice here. That said, Robles was with the Confed Cup squad...
Your first-choice eleven, fellow netizens?