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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Timmy Chandler( Don McPeak, USA Today Sports / March 29, 2011 )
Notes: Defender ... 24 years old ... 6-foot-1 ... 183 lbs ... Plays for Nurnberg (Bundesliga) ... First played for USMNT in 2011 ... Born in Frankfurt, Germany.
Outlook: Chandler, one of several German-Americans in the side, will provide Klinsmann with options at right back with longtime starter Steve Cherundolo recently retired. The son of an American serviceman, Chandler hasn't featured much for the United States, but could be handed a big role in Brazil.