US Soccer Team

The World Cup is coming up within the next 60 days. The United States team certainly does not look to be anywhere near the favorite – but the team assembled may find a way to put themselves in contention. The United States is current ranked 16th according to the FFIA World Rankings. The first time the United States played in the World Cup was in 1885, when Canada blanked them. That match was noted as an “unofficial start”. The match that is deemed the first official match for the United States within World Cup play was August 20th, 1916 when the US knocked off Sweden. They have appeared in 8 World Cups, including third place in their first ever appearance in 1930. Since that point, the United States has never placed in the World Cup.

After Bruce Arena gave up the job as the head coach of the United States, Bob Bradley took the job in 2006. Bradley is the 17th head coach for the US national team in the last 40 years. 8 of those were born and raised in the country. Landon Donovan stands as the leading scorer in U.S. soccer history. From the year 2000 until now, Donovan has scored 42 goals in 121 games. Eric Wynalda is second with 34, followed by Brian McBride, Joe-Max Moore and Bruce Murray.

The current 2010 squad has some talented individuals, must currently playing with a MLS squad. The goaltenders on the roster include Troy Perkins and Nick Rimando. Perkins currently plays for D.C. United, while Rimando is the man between the pipes for Real Salt Lake. The oldest player on the squad rounds out the list of six defenders. Frankie Hejduk, from the Columbus Crew has played in 85 matches for the U.S. Steve Cherundolo, Edgar Castillo, Jimmy Conrad, Marvel Wynne and Chad Marshall round out the defenders.

The midfielders are anchored by Clint Dempsey, currently playing for Fulham, in England. Dempsey is 27 years old and an explosive player. The two youngest players on the squad are midfielders: Dax McCarty and Robbie Rogers. McCarty plays for FC Dallas and Rogers leads the Columbus Crew. The remainder of the midfielders include: Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber, Kyle Beckerman, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Brad Evans, Eddie Gaven and Sacha Kljestan.

Finally, the forwards include 28 year old Conor Casey from the Colorado Rapids, along with Brian Ching and Jeff Cunningham. Ching plays for the Houston Dynamo and Cunningham battles it out with FC Dallas.

While certainly this United States team is not stacked with the top talent in the world, when the games in South Africa begin, look for this United States roster to compete and hold their own. Time will certainly tell what this team can do at the World Cup.