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June 13, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: United States (CONCACAF), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for USMNT, with 8 other player-options listed).




US men’s national soccer team. CONCACAF (North America & Carribean). Nicknames: Team USA; USMNT. Home jersey: white, with red and blue trim.
-USA is in Group G (with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup/Group G‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is USA’s 11th qualification out of 20 tries (qualified in 1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).
Previous WC finish: 2010, Round of 16 (1-2-1). Highest WC finish: 2002, Quarterfinals (2-1-2).

Population of USA: 317.9 million {2013 estimate}. Capital: Washington, DC, metro area pop. 5.8 million {2013 est.}. Largest city: New York City, NY, metro area pop. 19.9 million {2013 est.}.
The map below shows the 12 largest metro-areas in the United States {source, ‘en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_metropolitan_areas_of_the_United_States‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

-USMNT coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. Jürgen Klinsmann.
-USMNT squad captain, FW Clint Dempsey (of the Seattle Sounders soccer franchise, who had been, most recently, on-loan to former club Fulham FC). Clint Dempsey.

From World Soccer Talk.com, from 13 June 2014, by Abe Asher, ‘Preview Of The United States in the 2014 World Cup‘ (worldsoccertalk.com).

Below: Theoretical Best XI for USMNT (with 8 other player-options listed further below) -
[Note: squad chart below is updated to include all players who have appeared for USMNT in the 2014 WC, including international appearances & goals up to their Round of 16 match (July 1 2014).]
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Photo and Image credits above -
USA on globe, map by Addicted04 at ” (en.wikipedia.org).
USA map w/ counties, drawn by an anonymous contributor at ‘File:Map of USA with county outlines (black & white).png‘ (commons.wikimedia.org).
USMNT 2014 jersey, photo unattributed at deadspin.com/heres-the-usmnt-2014-home-jersey.
Coach,
Jürgen Klinsmann, photo by George Frey/Getty Images North America via zimbio.com.
Goalkeeper,
Tim Howard GK (Everton), photo unattributed at ussoccerplayers.com/player/howard-tim.
Defenders,
Geoff Cameron RB/LB/DM (Stoke City), photo by BPI/Marc Atkins/Corbis via theguardian.com/sport.
Omar González CB (LA Galaxy), photo by Robert Mora / LA Galaxy via lagalaxy.com.
Matt Besler CB (Sporting Kansas City), photo by USA Today Sports Images via sportingkc.com/news.
Fabian Johnson RB/LB/LW (Hoffenheim), photo unattributed at mlssoccer.com.
Midfielders,
Alejandro Bedoya AM/RW/FW (Nantes), photo unattributed at madeinfoot.com.
Michael Bradley CM/AM/DM (Toronto FC), photo from mlssoccer.com/news.
Jermaine Jones DM/CM/RM (Beşiktaş), photo by Besiktas JK via mlssoccer.com/news.
DaMarcus Beasley LW/LB (Puebla), photo by Jam Media via futboltotal.com.mx/puebla-niega-jugadores-a-klinsmann..
Forwards,
Clint Dempsey FW/W (Seattle Sounders), photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America via zimbio.com.
Jozy Altidore FW (Sunderland), photo unattributed at ussoccerplayers.com/altidores-sunderland-advance-in-league-cup
Other player-options,
Graham Zusi AM/W (Sporting Kansas City), photo unattributed at sportingkc.com/blog/post/2013/06/27/graham-zusi-nominated-espy.
John Anthony Brooks CB (Hertha Berlin), photo by Ottmar Winter at bild.de/sport/fussball.
Kyle Beckerman DM/CM (Real Salt Lake), photo by George Frey/Getty Images North America via zimbio.com.
Aron Jóhannsson FW/LW (AZ [Alkmaar]), photo unattributed at goal.com/en-us/news.
DeAndre Yedlin DF/MF (Seattle Sounders), photo by Drew Sellers/Sportspress Northwest via sportspressnw.com.
Chris Wondolowski FW (San Jose Earthquakes), photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/ via sportsillustrated.cnn.com.
Brad Davis LW (Houston Dynamo), photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America via zimbio.com.
Julian Green W/FW (Bayern Munich), photo unattributed at soccerpro.com/thecentercircle/julian-green.
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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘United States men’s national soccer team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to Soccerway.com, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at http://us.soccerway.com/international/nc-america/wc-qualifying-concacaf/2014-brazil/4th-round/r15679/.

3 Comments »

  1. This is humorously incorrect.

    Comment by Sri — June 16, 2014 @ 3:29 am

  2. OK, Sri, tell me what is so incorrect? Because Sports Illustrated’s June 9th 2014 issue has projected 10 of the 11 same starters for the USMNT that I have projected in this post. The other one, Graham Zusi, I have in the possible-options section. So go ahead and tell me who YOU think should be listed in the Best XI.

    Comment by admin — June 16, 2014 @ 7:06 am

  3. The figures are correct according to the Wikipedia.

    Comment by Alex Thompson — June 17, 2014 @ 7:46 am

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