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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Nick Rimando( Gene Sweeney Jr., Getty Images / April 19, 2014 )
Notes: Goalkeeper ... 34 years old ... 5-foot-10 ... 185 lbs ... Plays for Real Salt Lake (MLS) ... First played for USMNT in 2002 ... Played college soccer at UCLA for two years (1997-1999).
Outlook: Rimando gets to make the trip to his first World Cup, but the misfortune of being of the same generation as Tim Howard and Brad Guzan means only a disaster would lead to Rimando entering a game in Brazil. Rimando's international career highlight was his play in last year's Gold Cup-winning campaign for the Americans.