From there, a tie against either Germany or Portugal may be enough to advance, but not win the first game and it’s a tough uphill battle.
Players to Watch
Tim Howard, the keeper, at 35, will most likely be his last run at glory. Howard is one of the best in the World, playing for Everton most recently. Howard is on the squad for his third World Cup, despite not seeing playing time in 2006.
Clint Dempsey, will be relied upon to be the guy to step up and make fans forget that Landon Donovan is not on the team. Dempsey, who plays for the Seattle Sounders, has a big following and needs to be the catalyst.
Jozy Altidore, at just 24 has a wicked shot, but struggled playing for Sunderland this past year. People are hoping Altidore returns to form, like he did last weekend, finding the net twice in the final send off game against Nigeria.
Michael Bradley, the son of former US Coach Bob Bradley, is quickly becoming the player most likely to step up. Playing in the midfield, Klinsmann has him pushing forward to help support Dempsey and Altidore.
So grab a seat and wave your flag, the US team and fans believe they will win. It only happens every four years, when the world also pauses and watches with anticipation…It’s the World Cup.
US World Cup Roster
Tim Howard-goal keeper, Brad Guzan-goal keeper, Nick Rimando-goal keeper, DaMarcus Beasley-defender, Geoff Cameron-defender, Fabian Johnson-defender, Omar Gonzalez-defender, Matt Besler-defender, Timothy Chandler-defender, John Brooks-defender, DeAndre Yedlin-defender, Michael Bradley-midfielder, Jermaine Jones-midfielder, Kyle Beckerman-midfielder, Alejandro Bedoya-midfielder, Graham Zusi-midfielder, Mikkel Diskerud-midfielder, Brad Davis-midfielder, Julian Green-midfielder, Clint Dempsey (c) forward, Jozy Altidore-forward, Chris Wondolowski-forward, Aron Johannsson-forward