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World Cup preview: Who are these guys? Meet the U.S. World Cup team.
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, English Premier League) -- Guzan is a perennial backup, but he's finally starting for his club and will be capable if called upon.
Tim Howard (Everton, English Premier League) -- Goalkeeper has traditionally been Americaâs strongest position, and Howard might be the greatest in that storied line. Heâs fearless.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake, MLS) -- An MLS veteran who's paid his dues, Rimando probably will remain on the bench.
DEFENDERS: Marcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexican Liga MX) -- A veteran of three World Cups, Beasley has evolved from a speedy winger to a sturdy defender. His experience will be invaluable.
Matt Besler (Sporting KC, MLS) -- A relative newcomer to the U.S. team, Besler is now a lock to start at central defender, but his inexperience sometimes shows.
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin, German Bundesliga) -- The son of an American serviceman raised in Berlin, 21-year-old Brooks isn't starting for the U.S. right now but will likely be a factor for years to come.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City, English Premier League) -- Cameron plays right back for his club, but he's starting at center back for his country and is probably the most trustworthy player on the American backline.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, German Bundesliga) -- Like Brooks, Chandler was born to an American, grew up in Germany, and will probably see more action in future World Cups than in this one.
Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy, MLS) -- Lost his starting center back job due to erratic form and a knee injury, but don't be surprised if he makes it on the pitch.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach, German Bundesliga) -- Johnson is the starting right back, but he's been shining lately when he ventures into the attack.
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders, MLS) -- Serious hair.
MIDFIELDERS Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake, MLS) -- Besides dreadlocks, Beckerman brings toughness and canny passing to the central midfield.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes, French Ligue 1) -- Bedoya, a third-generation pro of Colombian descent, just missed the cut for the 2010 roster but looks to be a mainstay in the attack this year.
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, MLS) -- The son of former U.S. coach Bob Bradley, he's the best the Americans have, a classy- yet- tenacious central midfielder who sparks the attack but defends like a beast too.
Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo, MLS) -- An MLS veteran known for his crosses, he'll probably see action off the bench.
Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norwegian Tippeligaen) -- Raised in Norway, Diskerud is one of many central midfielders vying for playing time in Brazil.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich, German Bundesliga) -- Dual German-American citizen Green was a controversial selection due to his age (he turned 19 last Friday), but his play on the wings is impressive enough that the Germans and the Americans both wanted him on their team.
Jermaine Jones (Besiktas, Turkish First Division) -- The most, ahem, rugged player on the U.S. roster.
Graham Zusi (Sporting KC, MLS) -- A creative attacker with a knack for great crosses, Zusi has been tapped by some as America's next big star; he'll definitely see minutes in this tournament.
FORWARDS Jozy Altidore (Sunderland, English Premier League) -- Altidore hasn't always lived up to his massive potential, but two goals in the final warm-up match (ending a long scoring draught) sent him into this tournament with momentum.
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders, MLS) -- A trusty veteran presence up front, Dempsey is a feisty creative force who's scored in two straight World Cups.
Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar, Dutch Eredivisie) -- The explosive young Icelandic-American has a shot at starting up top if Altidore or Dempsey suffers an injury or a dip in form.
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes, MLS) -- MLS veteran "Wondo" has become a goal machine in recent years, which was enough to get him on this roster but maybe not enough to get him on the pitch.
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