Get to know the United States Men's National Team ahead of the 2014 World Cup
June's World Cup means that those who don't follow the United States Men's National Team as regularly as they should (which is very regularly) might be at a loss when this mixture of Americans and Europeans who have American passports takes the nation by storm in Brazil.
Take into account the lack of star forward Landon Donovan, and a host of youngsters new to the national team fold, and there's a lot of catching up to do. Fear not. Here's a rundown on each player on the US 23-man roster, with a bit of background and an overview of the role they're expected to play for coach Jurgen Klinsmann in Brazil.
By Jon Meoli and Jared Chado, The Baltimore Sun
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Tim Howard( Josh Edelson, AFPGetty Images / May 28, 2014 )
Notes: Goalkeeper ... 35 years old ... 6-foot-3 ... 210 lbs ... Has played for USMNT since 2002.
Outlook: Howard has been the first-choice United States goalkeeper since 2007 and will stand tall between the sticks in Brazil, just as he did in 2010 in South Africa. Howard is coming off a standout season for Everton and will be the first name on coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team sheet in Brazil.