World Cup: Get to know the American soccer team

Only 5 USA players have World Cup experience

When it was announced in May that Landon Donovan, American soccer’s all-time leading international goal scorer, was cut from the U.S.A.’s 2014 World Cup roster, many on-the-fence futbol fans were left wondering who did make the team.

After all, the 32-year-old California native was arguably America’s most well-known soccer player after his legendary tiebreaking goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup. Major League Soccer’s website called the play, “The most iconic goal in US men’s national team history.” Yet, Donovan won’t be on the pitch when this year’s tournament starts June 12 in Brazil.

A largely more inexperienced group of players will represent the Red, White & Blue instead. Only five men on the 2014 squad have World Cup experience - the fewest for the Americans since 1990. This rawness led head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to say, “We cannot win the World Cup because we are not at that level yet,” according to the New York Times.

Despite Donovan’s absence, a handful of marquee players are still on the roster including team captain Clint Dempsey, the U.S.A.’s second all-time international goal scorer. Here is a rundown of the members of the 2014 United States men’s national soccer team:

 

FORWARDS

Josmer ‘Jozy’ Altidore
Age: 24
Caps (Number of international games played for the U.S.A. team): 69
USMNT Goals Scored: 22
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Pro Team: Sunderland (England)
Significant Stat: Altidore’s 21 goals scored with the USMNT ranks him tied for sixth on the team’s all-time list.

 

 

Clint Dempsey (Team Captain)
Age: 31
Caps: 104
USMNT Goals Scored: 37
Hometown: Nacogdoches, Texas
College: Furman University
Pro Team: Seattle Sounders FC
Significant Stat: Dempsey is the second-leading goalscorer in USMNT history, with 37 tallied.

Aron Jóhannsson
Age: 23
Caps: 6
USMNT Goals Scored: 2
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Pro Team: AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)
Significant Stat: Jóhannsson scored his first USMNT goal in Oct. 2013, securing a win in the final minute against Panama during World Cup qualifiers.

Chris Wondolowski
Age: 31
Caps: 21
USMNT Goals Scored: 9
Hometown: Danville, California
College: Chico State
Pro Team: San Jose Earthquakes
Significant Stat: Won Major League Soccer’s 2012 Golden Boot award for most goals scored in a season, with 27.

 

MIDFIELDERS

Kyle Beckerman
Age: 32
Caps: 36
USMNT Goals Scored: 1
Hometown: Crofton, Maryland
Pro Team: Real Salt Lake
Significant Stat: Member of the 2009 MLS Cup winners Real Salt Lake as well as the U.S.A. Under-17 team that made the World Championships in 1999.

Alejandro Bedoya
Age: 27
Caps: 27
USMNT Goals Scored: 1
Hometown: Weston, Florida
College: Boston College
Pro Team: Nantes (France)
Significant Stat: Was a high school state soccer champion in Florida.

 

 

Michael Bradley
Age: 26
Caps: 85
USMNT Goals Scored: 12
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, California
Pro Team: Toronto FC
Significant Stat: Son of former USMNT coach Bob Bradley.

Brad Davis
Age: 32
Caps: 16
USMNT Goals Scored: 0
Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri.
College: St. Louis University
Pro Team: Houston Dynamo
Significant Stat: Davis has racked up 34 goals in Major League Soccer since 2002, where he’s considered a veteran player.

Mikkel ‘Mix’ Diskerud
Age: 23
Caps: 17
USMNT Goals Scored: 3
Hometown: Oslo, Norway
Pro Team: Rosenborg (Norway)
Significant Stat: One of the team’s youngest players, Diskerud will wear jersey number 10, previously worn by Landon Donovan.

 

 

Julian Green
Age: 19
Caps: 2
USMNT Goals Scored: 0
Hometown: Tampa, Florida.
Pro Team: Bayern Munich (Germany)
Significant Stat: Originally set to play for the German National Team, Green was heavily recruited by USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann and made his American debut in April.

Jermaine Jones
Age: 32
Caps: 42
USMNT Goals Scored: 2
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Pro Team: Besiktas (Turkey)
Significant Stat: Jones was expected to play for the USMNT in the 2010 World Cup but was unable to participate due to a broken leg.

Graham Zusi
Age: 27
Caps: 18
USMNT Goals Scored: 3
Hometown: Longwood, Florida
College: Maryland
Pro Team: Sporting Kansas City
Significant Stat: Named Major League Soccer’s 2011 Breakout Player of the Year, Zusi was also a member of Sporting Kansas City’s 2013 championship team.

 

 

DEFENDERS

DeMarcus Beasley
Age: 32
Caps: 115
USMNT Goals Scored: 17
Hometown: Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Pro Team: Puebla (Mexico)
Significant Stat: A former midfielder, Beasley has made 115 appearances with the USMNT since 2001, the fifth-most in team history. His 17 goals tie him for ninth in team history.

Matt Besler
Age: 27
Caps: 15
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
College: Notre Dame
Pro Team: Sporting Kansas City
Significant Stat: A former Major League Soccer All-Star, Besler led his Notre Dame Fighting Irish to four straight NCAA soccer tournaments.

John Brooks
Age: 21
Caps: 4
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Pro Team: Hertha BSC (Germany)
Significant Stat: Brooks made his professional debut in 2011 in his native Germany. His USMNT eligibility comes from his father being an American serviceman.

Geoff Cameron
Age: 28
Caps: 26
USMNT Goals Scored: 1
Hometown: Attleboro, Massachusetts
College: Rhode Island
Pro Team: Stoke City (England)
Significant Stat: A former Major League Soccer All-Star and Rookie of the Year finalist, Cameron is now a regular starter in England’s Premier League.

Timothy ‘Timmy’ Chandler
Age: 24
Caps: 12
Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany
Pro Team: Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Significant Stat: The German-born defender joined the USMNT in 2011, thanks to dual nationality.

 

 

Omar Gonzalez
Age: 25
Caps: 19
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
College: Maryland
Pro Team: Los Angeles Galaxy
Significant Stat: Former Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year, Gonzalez has been a key part of two MLS Cup-winning teams, including being named the 2012 MLS Cup MVP.

Fabian Johnson
Age: 26
Caps: 21
USMNT Goals Scored: 1
Hometown: Munich, Germany
Pro Team: Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany)
Significant Stat: Scored his first USMNT goal on June 1 in a friendly match against Turkey.

DeAndre Yedlin
Age: 20
Caps: 4
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
College: Akron
Pro Team: Seattle Sounders FC
Significant Stat: A prodigious talent, Yedlin signed with the Seattle Sounders FC under-23 team at 18 before making his MLS debut in 2013.

 

GOALKEEPERS

Brad Guzan
Age: 29
Caps: 25
USMNT Shutouts: 8
Hometown: Homer Glen, Illinois
College: South Carolina
Pro Team: Aston Villa (England)
Significant Stat: Named Major League Soccer’s 2007 Goalkeeper of the Year with Chivas USA.

 

 

Tim Howard
Age: 35
Caps: 99
USMNT Shutouts: 30
Hometown: North Brunswick, New Jersey
Pro Team: Everton (England)
Significant Stat: America’s premier goalkeeper, 2014 will be Howard’s third trip to the World Cup. He started all four of the USMNT’s games at the 2010 World Cup.

Nick Rimando
Age: 34
Caps: 14
USMNT Shutouts: 2
Hometown: Montclair, California
College: UCLA
Pro Team: Real Salt Lake
Significant Stat: A two-time Major League Soccer Cup champion, Rimando was named Cup MVP with Real Salt Lake in 2009.

 

Stats according to USSoccerPlayers.com

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