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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John Anthony Brooks( JOHANNES EISELE, AFPGetty Images / March 25, 2014 )
Notes: Defender ... 21 years old ... 6-foot-4 ... 172 lbs ... Plays for Hertha Berlin (Bundesliga) ... First played for USMNT in 2013 ... Born in Berlin, Germany.
Outlook: Brooks (shown in white and blue) is a newcomer to the United States squad, having only debuted for the Americans last summer. He hasn't impressed in three appearances for the United States, but finished his season strong in the Bundesliga. Brooks is unlikely to be a starter in Brazil, but he's important squad depth who if nothing else will get valuable experience for 2018.