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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Michael Bradley( John E. Sokolowski, USA Today Sports / May 8, 2014 )
Notes: Midfielder ... 26 years old ... 6-foot-1 ... 174 lbs ... Plays for Toronto FC (MLS) ... First played for USMNT in 2006 ... Son of former USMNT coach Bob Bradley.
Outlook: Bradley has developed into the best American player entering the World Cup and will be featured in the center of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's midfield. The box-to-box midfielder has recently been deployed at the top of a midfield diamond, allowing him to go forward and create some of the most expressive football America has played. Bradley will be perhaps the important cog in the US side.