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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Aron Johannsson( FRANCISCO LEONG, AFPGetty Images / April 10, 2014 )
Notes: Forward ... 23 years old ... 6 ft ... 154 lbs ... Plays for AZ Alkmaar (Eredivisie) ... First played for USMNT in 2013.
Outlook: The Mobile, Ala.-born striker began his international career playing for Iceland, but made the one-time switch to America from Iceland last year. A prolific scorer in the Eredivisie, Johannsson will be expected to score off the United States bench, as he did against Azerbaijan, with Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore the preferred starters.