Team profile: USA

The USA's progression can be seen by the fact that in previous tournaments they were seen to make up the numbers, while now progression to the knock out stages is expected. A far from generous draw makes that goal a tricky one, but after they stunned the world in 2002 nothing can be dismissed.

    FIFA Ranking: 5

    Coach: Bruce Arena

    Key players: Brian McBride, Claudio Reyna, DaMarcus Beasley

    World Cup record: Eighth appearance

    Best finish: Semifinals 1930

    Last appearance: Quarterfinals 2002

    Qualifying route: Won CONCACAF’s final group

    Key question: Can the Americans silence their critics and win in Europe? 

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Tim Howard 1
    Kasey Keller 18
    Marcus Hahnemann 19
    Defenders
    Chris Albright 2
    Carlos Bocanegra 3
    Pablo Mastroeni 4
    Steve Cherundolo 6
    Eddie Lewis 7
    Gregg Berhalter 12
    Jimmy Conrad 13
    Oguchi Onyewu 22
    Eddie Pope 23
    Midfielders
    John O'Brien 5
    Clint Dempsey 6
    Claudio Reyna 10
    Ben Olsen 14
    Bobby Convey 15
    DaMarcus Beasley 17
    Landon Donovan 21
    Forwards
    Eddie Johnson 9
    Brian Ching 11
    Josh Wolff 16
    Brian McBride 20

    Group matches:

    v Czech Republic, 16:00 GMT, Monday 12th June - Gelsenkirchen

    v Italy, 19:00 GMT, Saturday 17th June - Kaiserslautern

    v Ghana, 14:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Nuremburg

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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