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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Damarcus Beasley( Rick Osentoski, Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports / September 10, 2013 )
Notes: Defender ... 32 years old ... 5-foot-8 ... 130 lbs ... Plays for Puebla FC (Liga MX) ... First played for USMNT in 2001 ... Captain of USMNT 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning team.
Outlook: Beasley is a winger by trade but has manned the left back position under Klinsmann and is likely to remain there in Brazil. Beasley was disappointing in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, but he could play a big role in dealing with speed on the wings from American opponents Ghana, Portugal, and Germany.