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US World Cup team player capsules
Question of the Day
Players on the U.S. World Cup team:
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England) - Born Sept. 9, 1984. … Hometown: Homer Glen, Illinois. … 25 international appearances. … Finished his second full season as starter for Aston Villa in England’s Premier League following four years spent primarily as a backup, first to fellow American Brad Friedel and then to Shay Given. … Was with Chivas USA from 2005-09 and was loaned to Hull for two stints during the second half of the 2010-11 season.
Tim Howard (Everton, England) - Born: March 6, 1979. … Hometown: North Brunswick, New Jersey. … 100 international appearances. … Has spent the past eight seasons as the starter with Everton in England’s Premier League after six years with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and three seasons with Manchester United. … Had 15 shutouts, one behind co-leaders Petr Cech of Chelsea and Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal. … On Jan. 4, 2012, scored on a 100-yard-plus, wind-blown clearance against Bolton’s Adam Bogdan, becoming the fourth goalkeeper to score in Premier League history. … Had 3-0 shutout of Millwall in the 2004 FA Cup final and was voted Premier League goalkeeper of the year. … Was a backup to Kasey Keller at the 2006 World Cup and the U.S. starter at the 2010 Cup. … Holds U.S. record with 54 wins.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) - Born June 17, 1979. … Hometown: Montclair, California. … 14 international appearances. … Helped UCLA win NCAA title as a freshman in 1997. … Has spent more than a decade in MLS with D.C. United (2002-06) and Salt Lake (2007-present). … Was starting goalkeeper as U.S. won CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer.
DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico) - Born: May 24, 1982. … Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana. … 17 goals in 116 international appearances. … A midfielder for most of his career, has been moved to left back by the national team in recent years. … Was youngest member of 2002 U.S. World Cup team. … Could become the first American to appear in four World Cups. … Has played for Chicago (2000-04), PSV Eindhoven (2004-07), Manchester City (2006-07), Glasgow Rangers (2007-10), Hannover (2010-11) and Puebla (2011-present). … In 2005 became the first American to appear in a Champions League semifinal, starting and playing until the 61st minute for PSV Eindhoven against AC Milan. … Won Silver Ball as the U.S. finished fourth at the 1999 FIFA World Under-17 Championship, where Landon Donovan won the Golden Ball.
Matt Besler (Kansas City) - Born: Feb. 11, 1987. … Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas. … 0 goals in 17 international appearances. … Made national team debut against Canada in January 2013 and wound up starting six games in the final round of World Cup qualifying. … Was Notre Dame’s captain as junior and senior in 2007 and ‘08.
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin, Germany) - Born: Jan. 28, 1994. … Hometown: Berlin. … 0 goals in 4 international appearances. … Made national team debut in August at Bosnia-Herzegovina. … The son of an American serviceman, was raised in Berlin and visited family in Chicago. … Made debut with Hertha Berlin in 2012-13, helping earn promotion to the Bundesliga, and scored in his Bundesliga debut against Eintracht Frankfurt last Aug. 10. … Missed time this season with broken elbow and strained knee ligament. … Caused a commotion in April when he got a back tattoo, causing him to be benched for a club game.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke, England) - Born July 11, 1985. … Hometown: Attleboro, Massachusetts. … 1 goal in 27 international appearances. … Scored on May 29 last year in 4-2 exhibition loss to Belgium. … After playing college ball at West Virginia and Rhode Island, spent 2008-12 with the Houston Dynamo and then transferred to Stoke. … Plays mostly right back for his club, but preferred at center back with the national team. … Scored first Premier League goal against Arsenal in September, then got another when he beat fellow American Brad Guzan during March victory over Aston Villa.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany) - Born March 29, 1990. … Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany. … 0 goals in 12 international appearances. … Made national team debut in March 2011, then turned down an invitation in 2012 ahead of the start of World Cup qualifying. … Didn’t appear in an official international match until a World Cup qualifier at Honduras in February 2013. Did not play in another game for U.S. before May 27 exhibition against Azerbaijan. … Tore meniscus in left knee against Bayern Munich on Feb. 8, had surgery and returned to action April 26.
Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles) - Born Oct. 11, 1988. … Hometown: Dallas. … 0 goals in 20 international appearances. … Tallest player on U.S. roster at 6-foot-5. … Dual U.S.-Mexican citizen. … Made national team debut against Brazil in August 2010 in first American match after World Cup. … Returned to national team in January 2013 after a two-year absence. … Helped Los Angeles Galaxy win MLS titles in 2011 and 2012. … 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year. … 2011 MLS Defender of the Year. … Loaned to Nuremberg in January 2012, he tore his left ACL in a collision with Timmy Chandler and was sidelined until July. … Won 2008 NCAA title with Maryland.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany) - Born Dec. 11, 1987. … Hometown: Munich. … 1 goal in 22 international appearances. … Son of an American serviceman and a German mother, he played in the Germany youth national team system and started against England in the final of the 2009 European Under-21 Championship. He then switched allegiance to the United States in 2011 and made his debut that November in exhibition at France. … Can play either right or left back or in midfield. … Has played for 1860 Munich (2006-09), Wolfsburg (2009-11) and Hoffenheim (2011-14), and in February agreed to sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach for next season.
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) - Born July 9, 1993. … Hometown: Seattle. … 0 goals in 4 international appearances. … Made national team debut in January as second-half substitute against South Korea. Also was second-half sub against Mexico in April and Azerbaijan in May. … Was the Sounders’ first homegrown player and made MLS debut in 2013, becoming the first rookie All-Star since Parkhurst in 2005.
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