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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Jermaine Jones( David Richard, USA Today Sports / September 10, 2013 )
Notes: Midfielder ... 32 years old ... 6 ft ... 170 lbs ... Plays for Besiktas (Super Lig) ... First played for the USMNT in 2010.
Outlook:Born to an American father in Germany, Jones didn't debut for the United States until late in his career. He and Michael Bradley represented the first-choice central midfield pairing for the United States during World Cup qualifying, and could maintain that role if he stays out of the referee's discipline book.