If you are a United States supporter, you know this is the hardest group that USA has ever had to face in the World Cup. USA have been placed in Group G, alongside Germany, Portugal and Ghana, which is potentially this year’s Group of Death. However, they have been one of the most improved teams in the past one year, moving up from 27th to 14th in the FIFA Rankings. USA USA will have to be at their very best in all 3 games if they want to have a chance of reaching the knockout stage in the World Cup.
Here is a look at the USA 2014 World Cup Squad.
USA 2014 World Cup Squad: Team Preview
Best Finish: Third (1930)
Worst Finish: Group Stage (25th Position) – 2006
Current FIFA Ranking: 14
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Weakness: Defense has certainly been a discussion point with the USMNT. The lack of really strong full back options is certainly a concern for Jurgen Klinsmann, especially when you consider they will have to face players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil just to name a few. Moreover, the weakest team in the group Ghana, has a lot of history with United States and that makes things even more difficult for the United States.
Squad: Jurgen Klinsmann will announce the USA squad soon. Here is a list of expected 23 players that make up the USA 2014 World Cup Squad.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
Expected Starting X1:
Geoff Cameron-Omar Gonzalez -Matt Besler-DaMarcus Beasley
Michael Bradley – Jermaine Jones
Graham Zusi-Clint Dempsey-Aron Johannsson
Key Player: Clint Dempsey
This was a list of 23 players that are a part of the United States Football Team for the 2014 World Cup. What do you think of USA’s chances at the 2014 World Cup. How much far will they be able to proceed in Brazil. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.