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).

Filed under: USA-national soccer team — admin @ 10:26 am

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‘ (

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, ‘‘ (

-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, from 13 June 2014, by Abe Asher, ‘Preview Of The United States in the 2014 World Cup‘ (

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).]
Photo and Image credits above -
USA on globe, map by Addicted04 at ” (
USA map w/ counties, drawn by an anonymous contributor at ‘File:Map of USA with county outlines (black & white).png‘ (
USMNT 2014 jersey, photo unattributed at
Jürgen Klinsmann, photo by George Frey/Getty Images North America via
Tim Howard GK (Everton), photo unattributed at
Geoff Cameron RB/LB/DM (Stoke City), photo by BPI/Marc Atkins/Corbis via
Omar González CB (LA Galaxy), photo by Robert Mora / LA Galaxy via
Matt Besler CB (Sporting Kansas City), photo by USA Today Sports Images via
Fabian Johnson RB/LB/LW (Hoffenheim), photo unattributed at
Alejandro Bedoya AM/RW/FW (Nantes), photo unattributed at
Michael Bradley CM/AM/DM (Toronto FC), photo from
Jermaine Jones DM/CM/RM (Beşiktaş), photo by Besiktas JK via
DaMarcus Beasley LW/LB (Puebla), photo by Jam Media via
Clint Dempsey FW/W (Seattle Sounders), photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America via
Jozy Altidore FW (Sunderland), photo unattributed at
Other player-options,
Graham Zusi AM/W (Sporting Kansas City), photo unattributed at
John Anthony Brooks CB (Hertha Berlin), photo by Ottmar Winter at
Kyle Beckerman DM/CM (Real Salt Lake), photo by George Frey/Getty Images North America via
Aron Jóhannsson FW/LW (AZ [Alkmaar]), photo unattributed at
DeAndre Yedlin DF/MF (Seattle Sounders), photo by Drew Sellers/Sportspress Northwest via
Chris Wondolowski FW (San Jose Earthquakes), photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/ via
Brad Davis LW (Houston Dynamo), photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America via
Julian Green W/FW (Bayern Munich), photo unattributed at
Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘United States men’s national soccer team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
Thanks to, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at


  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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