Kammarman has had his share of media firestorms before the World Cup. The team drew a lot of attention when star Landon Donovan did not make the World Cup roster.

Another frenzy came when Klinsmann was quoted in The New York Times Magazine as saying "we cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet."

Kammarman said in some cases he and the communication staff will consult on how to deal with issues in the media pertaining to the American team. "We decide what the appropriate response, if any, will be," he said.

Kammarman said the quote from Klinsmann was made several months before the World Cup and was in "broad strokes about the [U.S.] program."

When it was announced U.S. striker Jozy Altidore (strained left hamstring) would not play on June 22 against Portugal in Group D play, it was Kammarman who informed the media.

"He will not be available for Sunday's game, but we are hopeful he will be available in the tournament," Kammarman said in a quote used around the world June 19.

Kammarman has now been to 56 countries, in personal travel or through soccer. Despite his global jaunts, Kammarman said he makes several trips a year back to Laurel to see his mother and sister.

"When people ask I tell them I live in Chicago but I am from Laurel, Maryland," said Kammarman, who said he has about 200 Facebook friends from Laurel. "My brother and I are proud to be from Laurel. It was a great community to grow up in."

A look at the U.S. team

Here is how the U.S. men's soccer team has fared in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

June 16 — defeated Ghana 2-1

June 22 — played Portugal in 2-2 draw

June 26 — plays Germany noon EST

The Michael Kammarman file

High School: Laurel High

Hometown: Laurel

College: University of Delaware

Major: Political science

Years on Delaware soccer team: 2

Current title: Press officer, U.S. men's soccer

Years with U.S. soccer: 13

World Cups worked: 4

Did you know? Kammarman sent out a photo of an elephant that got in the way of the bus the U.S. team was in during the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. The photo garnered worldwide attention. … His twin brother, David, played four years of soccer at the University of Delaware and works for LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer. … Both brothers came up through the Laurel Boys and Girls Club soccer program.