Solving the U.S. back line puzzle

Updated: January 17, 2012, 9:14 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

CARSON, Calif. -- For the U.S. men's national team, no area of the field has been scrutinized this World Cup cycle quite like the back line. Some longtime contributors are getting up there in years, and while Timothy Chandler has emerged as part of the solution at left back, other candidates have been slower to emerge, adding a fair amount of uncertainty to manager Jurgen Klinsmann's long-term plans.

For that reason, the defenders called in by Klinsmann for this year's January ...

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