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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Brad Davis( Scott Halleran, Getty Images / April 27, 2014 )
Notes: Midfielder ... 32 years old ... 5-foot-11 ... 170 lbs ... Plays for Houston Dynamo (MLS) ... First played for USMNT in 2005 ... Played college soccer at St. Louis University for two years (2000-01).
Outlook: The MLS veteran has featured just 14 times for the United States, but earned a plane ticket to Brazil with his strong performances for Houston. Davis is one of many options for the Americans on the flank, and his ability on free kicks and corners is renowned, but Davis will need to do more than take set pieces to earn a place in the starting lineup.