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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Graham Zusi( Jamie Squire, Getty Images / May 14, 2014 )
Notes: Midfielder ... 27 years old ... 5-foot-10 ... 161 lbs ... Plays for Sporting Kansas City (MLS) ... First played for USMNT in 2012 ... Played college soccer at the University of Maryland (2005-08) ... Part of Maryland's 2005 & 2008 College Cup winners.
Outlook: Zusi (center) will likely be a big part of the United States midfield with his pace and creativity on the wing. He could assume the crucial role of set-piece taker for the Americans provided Brad Davis is not on the field, and his goals in the last set of World Cup qualifiers give hope that he could provide offense from the midfield as well.