The U.S. men's national team returned to the field on Friday with, ummmm, let's call it a less-than-ideal result against Mexico.
After a 3-0 drubbing at MetLife Stadium against their chief rivals, the USMNT packed up for St. Louis – a city freshly awarded an MLS expansion side – to prepare to face South American powerhouse Uruguay on Tuesday (8 pm ET | FS1, TUDN, Univision).
In the process, the squad dropped from 26 to 20 as Christian Pulisic, John Brooks, Weston McKennie, Zack Steffen, Alfredo Morales and Sean Johnson left national team duty to return to their clubs early. Pulisic, McKennie, Steffen and Morales all started against Mexico while Brooks was held out with groin tightness and Johnson sat behind Steffen.
Without a number of key players on a squad already missing Tyler Adams, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Tim Weah before sending home the half-dozen already mentioned, Gregg Berhalter's starting XI against Uruguay could be unique. That's anywhere between seven and nine strongest XI starters, depending on personal preference.
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Here are three different ways the USMNT lineup graphic might look.