|The US will be taking an inexperienced forward line to South Africa [EPA]
As a former British colony – and now dominant political partner – the States are a team alongside Australia that the English hate to lose to at their national sport. England v USA on June 12 could be the setting for an upset.
Ranked 14th, Bob Bradley heads a side that has become used to dominating the Concacaf qualifying zone and which contains players from top sides around the world – including Europa League finalist Clint Dempsey and Villarreal youngster Jozy Altidore.
South Africa 2010 is the States' sixth-straight finals appearance, with their best showing in that run coming when they exited the quarter-finals in 2002.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United).
DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Pachuca).
Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla).
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies