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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Jozy Altidore( AFP, AFPGetty Images / May 7, 2014 )
Notes: Forward ... 24 years old ... 6-foot-1 ... 158 lbs ... First played for USMNT in 2007 ... Plays for Sunderland (Premier League).
Outlook: Altidore (center) had a miserable year with Sunderland, so an optimist could say he has been saving his goals for the World Cup. Altidore is a prolific striker for America, with 21 goals in 67 appearances for the national team. He started all four of the United States' games in the 2010 World Cup and is likely to lead the line in Brazil, though if the goal-scoring form of Chris Wondolowski and Aron Johannsson continues without Altidore finding the net, a shock benching isn't outside the realm of possibility.