After failing at the group stages last time around, the United States will be hoping to put the disappointment of their previous World Cup adventure behind them and build on their reputation in the soccer world when they take to the field in South Africa. While the U.S. doesn’t necessarily have the collective pedigree at the international level of the game, they arrive at South Africa 2010 with a group of players who have a wealth of experience from the top leagues around the globe. They also have a team work-ethic that will ensure that no team will be given an easy game against the U.S. during this year’s competition.
Striker Landon Donovan is the star of the show for Bob Bradley’s men. The Los Angeles Galaxy attacker arrives in South Africa after a very successful loan period with Everton in the English Premier League. During his loan, the speedy forward proved that he had the ability and confidence to take on the best in the world. His international team-mates will need every ounce of Donovan’s skill and experience if they hope to challenge more illustrious opponents in South Africa.
While Donovan will be the main man among the outfield players, the U.S. has an extremely strong set of goalkeepers for the tournament as well. Tim Howard of Everton will likely be the starting choice, but should he not perform to his usual high standards, substitute, Marcus Hahnemann is one of the most able goalkeeping deputies at this year’s World Cup and arrives at the tournament after a fantastic season in the English Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In comparison to the big European and South American sides, The U.S. has a major weakness when it comes to keeping possession of the ball. They tend to try and get the ball forward quickly, a tactic which sometimes works to great effect. But watch for well-trained opposition defenders positioning themselves directly in front of the U.S. strikers ready for that quick out ball. Despite being a well-organized team, there are only so many times they will be allowed to concede easy possession without losing goals. Coach Bob Bradley’s ability to fix this team weakness will be a deciding factor in whether the U.S. makes the later rounds of this year’s World Cup.
In a group alongside England, Slovenia and Algeria, the U.S. are expected to finish a comfortable second place. They have the ability and the confidence, but the U.S. team lacks a certain surprise element in their team to cause problems for the best teams in the world. A likely second round meeting with Germany could end their participation at South Africa 2010.
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